It has been revealed that Vandrezzer Football Club, who plays in the second tier of Nigerian football, has suspended contract agreements with players and staff of the club, starting from April 2020, The Athletic NG can authoritatively report.
In a letter dated March 31, 2020, and signed by the management of Vandrezzer FC, it was “unanimously” agreed, “having considered the uncertainties, ” to suspend contract of players for the month of April 2020.
“Due to the abovementioned and in line with our recent telephone conversation with you, it is our unanimous agreement that having considered the uncertainties, it is imperative that we suspend your contract effective March 31, 2020 until 30 days after the relevant health authority declares Nigeria fit to congregate once again. It is agreed that the 30days would serve as an additional precaution for the safety of our staff. The peculiar financial circumstance of the Club would also be considered to determine the actual resumption date, ” the letter reads.
The letter further stated that Vandrezzer FC and the players will not be “exposed to any financial obligation” with the period of contract suspension, while payment of salaries will only commence after the resumption of service.
“It is the unanimously understanding and agreement between the club and player that neither party would during this period, be exposed to any financial obligation within the period of contract suspension and payment of salaries will only commence after the resumption of service by the players at the agreed time.”
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Vandrezzer FC on March 22, released a statement stating that players, coaches and other staff were released to be with their families, with Brazilian coach, Rafael Everton, returning to his native Brazil with his Assistant and mercurial midfielder, Alberico Da Silva.
The letter also reveals that the club has been paying salaries of workers for four months, despite the Nigerian National League, NNL, being suspended since December 2019, but will have to take a different path in sustaining the club.
“Despite the suspension of the league since December 2019, Management of Vandrezzer FC has continued to provide support including fulfilling its salary obligation to the team by the prompt payment of salaries till date.
“Unfortunately, as you are aware, the scare of the COVID-19 pandemic has caused businesses to shut down while States within the Federal Republic of Nigeria have had to Initiate a lock down. The Nigerian Football Federation has also announced a suspension of all forms of football activities because of the COVID-19 scares and we are obligated to take all reasonable steps in line with approved international best standards to safeguard our team members.”
The Athletic NG learnt that the decision has not only affected the players but also coaches and other backroom staff.
Vandrezzer Football Club was founded on the 11th day of September 2019 in Use Abat, Ibiono Ibom Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom, Nigeria, by Mr Joe Udofia, chairman of Nigeria’s energy company, Vandrezzer Energy Services Limited.
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