Vandrezzer FC has explained the reason behind the recent suspension of players and other staff contracts in a bid to sustain the image and reputation of the team after the letter sent to players was leaked to the public.
Vandrezzer FC, a team based in Akwa Ibom State and playing in the Nigerian National League, NNL, the second tier of league football in the country says the team was acting according to the present situation.
The Athletic NG yesterday reported that the team had on March 31, sent a letter to players, technical crew, and backroom staff of the club, informing them of the decision to suspend their contracts for the month of April, which may last till action resumes.
But the club in a telephone chat with Complete Sports, VFC’s Chief Operating Officer, Engineer Kingsley Ogbonna insisted that the decision was needed to keep the team in business until the management of NNL is certain on the date of resumption after this compulsory break due to the outbreak of COVID-19.
Ogbonna said: “Our club is renowned for taking players and staff welfare seriously. The letter was a confidential document explaining our latest decisions.
“Despite inactivity caused by the suspension of NNL matches from December 2019 till date, the Management continued to keep to the terms of the contract by paying salaries of all staff, in anticipation of the resumption of the League.
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Ogbonna said the club which is privately owned has been frustrated in the cause of the season, after NNL was suspended since December 2019 and has not met its target which was budgeted for at the start of the season.
“We are a privately owned club, operating solely on private investors money. We registered for a league, paid all registration fees, started the league only to have it abruptly cut short by the NNL.
“Sadly, the reason we set up the team has been frustrated, missing out for over a quarter of the year! So we had to take a decision that will ensure survival of the club, and guarantee the possibility for more investors monies to be accessed once football returns. The players and technical crew were verbally informed about the situation which calls for all to make sacrifices in order to have a club to return to, before the letters were sent out,” Ogbonna added.
The Lions of Naija is currently placed 4th with six points and four points behind top-placed Bendel Insurance on Group B2 table, with two league matches outstanding.
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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