Nigeria National League side Vandrezzer FC have explained the reasons for recently suspending the contracts of her players.
The club which was put together in 2020 have set the pace in Nigerian football as an innovative and fan-engaging side but however, suffered backlash when news of the suspension of its players contract filtered into social media.
The contracts were suspended due to an overspend caused by the delay in the resumption of the NNL and the widespreading coronavirus pandemic, the club’s Chief Operating Officer Engineer Kingsley Ogbonna told Complete Sports.
“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 contract by paying salaries of all staff, in anticipation of the resumption of the League.
Recall that the league 2019/2020 season which went on two weeks break on December 22, 2019, has been unable to resume till date.
After almost three months of inactivity, the Nigeria National League via Circular 86 dated March 12, 2020, announced an *indefinite* postponement of the resumption of Nigeria’s second tier football league for reasons which the League Management described as “caustic situation bedevilling Nigerian football”.
Ogbonna further stated that the contracts were suspended to allow the club search for investors to sustain the fortune of the club once the League resumes.
He revealed that the players and staff were informed verbally before the letter were issued and added that it was pertinent for everyone at the club to make sacrifices so that players would have a contract to hold on to once football activities are sanctioned.
“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,” Ogbonna added.
“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.”