I bring you warm greetings as we mark the end of an eventful year and the turn of a New Year.
I want to wish you and your family a fabulous 2022. Happy New Year to you all.
I want to thank you most specially for your support to your darling club, which has seen us achieve new heights and break new grounds as we continue to evolve as a professional club side in our country, Nigeria.
The year 2021 was one to remember, with it's ups and downs. A year which saw us roar from a difficult NNL season to becoming Champions of Lagos.
It was a year that formed part of our rising history as a football Club and enhanced our emerging brand off the pitch.
We are looking forward to representing Lagos in the NFF Aiteo Cup 2022.
Also, It was a bittersweet learning curve for our Club in the 2021 Nigeria National League (NNL), but I am delighted that our commitment and willpower paid off and rubbed off on other football clubs in Nigeria. Our focus on Powering A New Era for Nigerian football has made VFC a club of choice in Africa and beyond and we will continue to push towards dominating the football sphere and contributing positively to our immediate communities.
In 2021, we saw the evolution of a new Vandrezzer FC from the one we began the year as we did not hesitate to make changes where necessary from the coaching crew, the players and backroom staff to the equipment we use to bring your club closer to you - it can only get better.
In just over two years, we have taken the first step by achieving our very first on-the-field glory by wining coveted Lagos State Football Association Cup.
It is worthy to note that we achieved this feat in our first attempt at the competition, thanks to a combination of factors, which translated to the zealous display of a group of players who are happy to play for the club and the badge.
We have ironed out few things in our approach to recruitment and VFC will only recruit players who possess the right aptitude, attitude and attributes to play for your club. Players who understand what it means to play for the badge. Players who share in the vision of our club and will help us achieve the aim of becoming the dominant force in Nigerian football.
We could not achieve our aim of gaining promotion to the Nigeria Professional Football League during the 2021 NNL season, but we are ready to go again when the season kicks off on the 11th of February, 2022. Our target is to win the group and we have channeled all efforts into achieving this.
We are investing heavily in sports science, and Sports-Tech to assist the club’s technical crew in carrying out their duty of effectively grooming a winning and well structured squad and we are patient enough to build long term.
The icing on our adventurous year came on the last day of 2021, when we were ranked the 16th most digitally followed club-side in Africa in the latest African Football Digital Benchmark (AFDB,) published by Digital Sports Africa and RESULT Sports (Germany) jumping thirteen places from 29th since the last AFDB ranking in June, 2021. This feat, we certainly owe to everyone who has accepted and propagated this brand called VANDREZZER FC.
Moving forward, we want to keep playing an attractive brand of football that will be synonymous to us, which will ensure we dominate and impose our style of play on the pitch. We want to instill the right winning culture and mentality which will be visible for all to see both on and off the pitch. This is the reason we will be boosting our technical crew with subject matter experts from across the globe, which we would announce in the coming days.
Let me share with you some of our plans for 2022 which will unfold with more details in the coming weeks and months.
A new Vandrezzer FC brand identity focused on who we are will be unveiled.
On the talent development front, we have begun the acquisition and clearing of the facility to build a world class Football academy - creating a pathway for Players development with a plan to make it the first ever Tier-1 Category academy in our country, Nigeria.
There will be further Vandrezzer FC Academy Projects in Lagos, Port Harcourt, Abuja and Jos.
Our international activations will expand this year with international activations with some major European Clubs following on from our digital talent day with Mainz 05 of Germany in 2021.
We will be announcing three big international Clubs in 2022
We will also be supporting the advancement of Sports technology adoption in Nigeria with support for other Nigerian Clubs and Academies with Sports-Tech education.
We will provide details later this month along with the launch of the Vandrezzer FC Foundation to help work with our communities, support for primary and secondary schools, universities and many more.
Let me also hint that just before the season hopefully kicks off in February 11, 2022, we will be giving you an idea of what to expect in terms of match broadcast in the coming season as we have renewed our partnership with our streaming partners.
The relationship with our media partners Stream Media Entertainment (SME) who will be making a big announcement on the launch of their new platform, where you can also get exclusive VFC content.
It promises to be a whole new experience, never before witnessed from this part of the world! Stay tuned!
As I conclude, I kindly implore you join the train and become an official member of the Vandrezzer FC family, if you have not yet done so. Simply download the Vandrezzer FC mobile app on IOS and Google Play stores and fill the registration portal. You can also log on to our official website: vandrezzerfc.com and follow the easy registration steps.
This will give you an opportunity to be involved in our activities and innovative experiences that we will periodically roll out. All our packages and programmes will be ultimately geared towards bringing you closer to the action-packed content being put together by your darling club.
We feel a sense of extraordinary pride to be at the forefront of pioneering the new era of club football development in Nigeria; and look forward to having you, our esteemed fans, back in the stands, roaring for us... as we DARE TO DO MORE!
Here is wishing us all a happy and prosperous New Year.
Vandrezzer FC...Won’t Walk That Road Without You!