The Management of Vandrezzer Football Club of Lagos have announced their decision to withdraw from further participation from all activities of the Nigeria National League with immediate effect.
According to a statement on the club’s official website, their decision to pull out becomes imperative in view of the fact that the management and board of the Nigeria National League as presently constituted has demonstrated enough resolve and communicated same to them in clear terms that the club’s transformation agenda is not in any way needed in the lower tier league.
The statement further reads, “recall that in our bid to reposition the league and open it up to become visible enough to be able to generate revenue in accordance with global best practices; we requested and received written approval from the hierarchy of the Nigeria National League an approval to stream live, all our games home and away. Our intentions were to expose the league to the world, at enormous expense to us and our sponsors, in order for easy marketability and standardization.”
Vandrezzer FC has invested in branding, creating some buzz on matchdays that encourages followership and makes efforts deployed on manpower and equipment in line with industry best practice to deliver quality content in order to promote the league.
Their first game in Ogwash-Ukwu was streamed live using 8 cameras. The club did the same in our week 2 game in Lagos and repeated the process in week 3 at Rojenny stadium in Oba.
Vandrezzer’s week 4 match against Osun United in Osogbo was dramatic. Hoodlums disguised as fans, forcefully gained entrance into the stadium against the directives from the NNL and NCDC on Covid-19 pandemic protocols; attacked the camera crew, vandalized the cables, intimidated players and match officials, and prevented further recording of the game.
The club statement explained the aftermath of the match against Osun United