BETHLEHEM. – The Dihlabeng Local Football Association (DLFA), part of the South African Football Association (Safa), has handed over soccer wear and playing kits ahead of its mayoral league (2016-’17) kick-off.The hand-over took place at the Goble Park Stadium in Bethlehem. A total of 20 participating clubs received sets of branded playing kits and soccer balls. The match officials also received their bags with kit. There were 23 referees who received the brand-new outfits. Female referees were also present at the handing over and they would feature in the coming season.According to Maseru Mphati, the chairperson of the association, the branded equipment was bought by the DLFA through a R300 000 sponsorship received from the National Lottery Commission (NLC). He said the funding was received in May after an application was submitted by the executive of the DLFA in 2015 to the NLC.The mayoral league is played by 20 clubs from all five towns of the Dihlabeng Local Municipality (Bethlehem, Clarens, Fouriesburg, Paul Roux and Rosendal), including farming areas. The winner of this league will participates in the regional play-offs for promotion to the SAB Regional League. Mphati has indicated his excitement with the developments to date.He also expressed his appreciation to the contribution done by the NLC, which will make a huge difference. The handover was done after a visit by the NLC for monitoring and evaluation. More than 700 beneficiaries in the mayoral league alone will benefit from this allocation.“In terms of the DLFA plan, all football clubs who are members and are participating in the Safa programme of the ABC Motsepe League, the SAB League and the LFA Leagues will benefit from this funding. “There are currently 67 clubs registered with the DLFA, with more than 2 000 active participants. “The Dihlabeng Local Football Association is really on track with football development,” Mphati said.