Chiefs have now lost six of their 13 League matches, and following on from the disastrous 3-3 draw with Bay United at the weekend, coach Muhsin Ertugral will be feeling the pressure as his team heads into the festive season break.
Goals from Tebelo Mofokeng and Prince Olomu were enough to secure a deserved three points for the home side, who have now eased their relegation worries to some extent with consecutive victories.
Olomu had the first shot on goal, a wild effort from 30 yards after three minutes, in a bright opening for the home side that included a Tshegofatso Mashego shot that skidded wide.
Siphiwe Tshabalala had Chiefs’ first chance, shooting straight into the arms of home goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene, but it was the home team who continued to impress.
And they were ahead on 16 minutes through Tebelo Mofokeng, who latched onto Ruben Cloete’s cross and provided a crisp finish from six yards.
Tshabalala remained Chiefs’ most lively threat, but the visitors were stunned on 27 minutes when they fell two goals behind. Cloete’s free-kick was not adequately cleared and Olomu reacted quickest in the box to beat Amakhosi goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune.
Just two minutes later and it was almost 3-0 as the brilliant Olomu smashed the ball against the post from 30-yards.
By this time Ertugral had seen enough and made a double substitution on 38 minutes. Off came central defender Valery Nahayo and the ineffective Gert Schalkwyk, to be replaced by winger Thuso Phala and striker Tshepo Bulu.
But the changes made little difference as Stars continued to pour forward in attack, Mofokeng heading over when he really should have hit the target at least just before halftime.
The second half didn’t quite have the fizz of the first, but Nigerian striker Zito Ogbonna had two chances to bring Chiefs back into it. Both, however, ended with wild shots over the bar.
And with Stars happy to put men behind the ball, Chiefs found it hard to break through their defence and were restricted to efforts from distance that failed to trouble Mweene.
Chiefs end 2008 with a home fixture against Platinum Stars on Saturday, while Free State Stars travel to Bloemfontein Celtic for a relegation six-pointer on Sunday.