In a recent interview session with the Chief Operating Officer of Vandrezzer Football Club, Mr. Kingsley Ogbonna, he revealed the club’s readiness for the resumption of the 2020/21 League Season.
The COO of the Club notified the fans, supporters, and the general public that in compliance with the Circular received from the Management of the Nigerian National League on the condition for the resumption of footballing activities, Vandrezzer Football Club had put in place a COVID -19 guideline which would serve as the club’s internal guide for the resumption of Footballing Activities in alignment with the expectations of the Ministry of Youth and Sports and Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).
He noted that the directive for the implementation of COVID -19 protocol was in tandem with the current happenings around the world, more particularly as footballing activities and new league season have since resumed in most countries and Nigeria should not be left out. He however pointed out that notwithstanding the desire to commence the 2020/2021 league, a huge responsibility rests on the shoulders of the Management of the League as well as the Management of Football Clubs to ensure the safety of the players and the coaching crew as they return to camp and engage in matches. He cautioned that if the league was allowed to commence without supervision, there may be a surge in the number of Covid-19 cases that may warrant the possible suspension of the league due to the spread of the Virus.
He urged that anyone who suspects that he may have come in contact with the Virus should immediately isolate and seek proper medical assistance and not resort to self-medication. He condemned the attachment of stigma to people who had contracted the virus.
Also responding to other questions from the press, the COO commented on the Incorporation status of the Club. He explained that Vandrezzer Football Club was from inception, incorporated at the Corporate Affairs Commission as a Private Company Limited by Shares and therefore has a legal status independent from the founders and shareholders of the Company. He explained that for any club to compete favourable and sustainably, it is imperative for the club to be separate and distinct from the Owners. He added that being registered would allow for accountability in line with the requirement of the Companies and Allied Matters Act and other regulatory framework.
He urged that the Management of the League should ensure proper monitoring for Corporate Governance Structure to be put in place. He noted that despite the achievement Vandrezzer Football Club had recorded within the one year of its existence, the Management of the club has been mandated by its Global Principal Sponsor, Vandrezzer Energy Services Limited to ensure that the Club becomes Quality Management System ISO 9001:2015 Certified before the end of the 2020/21 season.
On question bothering on Sponsorship and Partnership, the COO explained that the Club had been approached by several companies willing to support the Club as Partners and that the club would be announcing the Strategic Partnership with major brands as soon as the contract process has been completed.
When asked on the Club’s confidence in the Current Management of the League, the COO noted that he had read of the qualifications and experience of the New Management and was therefore optimistic that If they are allowed to run the league without external interference, the Nigeria National League would indeed leave up to its name and status as the Most Important League in Nigeria.
In conclusion, he noted that the club’s COVID -19 guideline could be accessed on the Club’s website. Click here to download VFC COVID-19 Guideline.