Here's a summary of our activities since the return of football activities.
RESUMPTION OF THE TEAM:
That the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 pandemic lifted the suspension on contact sports is no longer news. Vandrezzer Football Club has welcomed this decision and we look forward to competitive football again. We can also proudly say that we refused to yield to the unwholesome practice of engaging in football activities during the period of the lockdown.
Consequent upon the lifting of the suspension therefore, players and officials retained from the squad of the aborted season were immediately asked to report back to camp on 9th of November, 2020. In strict compliance to Covid-19 protocols and operational framework of our club, all players and officials were subjected to Covid-19 tests at designated centers close to their abodes, to prevent the risk of spreading the disease through contacts on arrival at the club facilities. All members of the team returned to camp and went into self isolation for days before resuming gradual activities.
1ST PHASE OF SCREENING:
Arising from massive and encouraging feedback on our social media platforms and from those with interest to play for the team in particular, we responded by creating opportunity on our website for those interested in playing for the club to apply. Eighty-nine (89) persons were shortlisted from well above three hundred (300) applications from intending players across the country and Africa. The program ran for three (3) days and the technical crew picked eight (8) persons that would add to the list of invited players for the second phase of the screening exercise.
Thus, VFC made history by becoming the first professional club side in the history of football in Nigeria to have conducted and concluded a screening program with players selected from an online process and through the social media platform of the club.
2nd PHASE OF SCREENING:
The second phase of the screening program was mainly for invited players either recommended or shortlisted by the club. After intense scrutiny, 28 players were penciled down. It is perhaps pertinent to state here that the selected players went through Covid-19 test on Wednesday 25th November, 2020 to ascertain their status before being allowed to mix up with our retained players that are medically certified free from Covid-19.
We are desirous in ensuring that we continue in our slow but sure and steady steps towards our vision and mission of creating a positive evolution in taking the development of the game of football in the Nigeria to the next level.