It is no longer news that the advent of the COVID 19 pandemic is affecting so many businesses including professional football clubs all over the globe. Most businesses have resorted to cut their losses by placing an embargo on further expenditure. Others have implemented pay cut, some laid-off employees, while a few are filing for bankruptcy.
The situation is worse for private clubs like Vandrezzer FC playing in the comatose NNL that stopped action since December 22nd, 2019. Despite no football action in the NNL since December 2019, the club (Vandrezzer FC) continued to pay its players and staff wages up till March 31st before mutually agreeing with the team to suspend all contracts, with the hope to return to action post-COVID-19. Adapting to the realities of time, you will recall that government suspended football activities in the country upon which the management of Vandrezzer Football club in April 2020 announced the suspension of its players and technical team contract.
While the football community is waiting for the distribution of palliative from the football governing body of the Land; NFF, Vandrezzer football club as of yesterday 22nd May 2020 provided cash palliative to all its staff, suspended players, and technical crew to cushion the effect of the long wait. The total payout from Vandrezzer FC as a palliative to the club amount to millions of Naira saw some of the beneficiaries and technical crew members smiling home with 100% of their earnings.
This palliative is coming barely less than 6 days after the club launched its upgraded website with an active online store section for the online purchase of VFC merchandise.