FODOX Sports Kits Manufacturing Company on Thursday said it was set to launch an African brand of football jersey in a new partnership with Vemard Africa Football Club, Enugu.
Fofana Lassina, the Chief Executive Officer of the Ivory Coast-based company made the disclosure at a news conference in Enugu.
“As a Football Agent, I am out to help African football with African brand of jersey, so I am giving Vemard my business and support.
“I am saying thank you to Nigerian people and I feel well partnering with Vemard Africa plying their trade in Nigeria.
“Here in Africa, we can do more in football because we have talents but we do not have the materials,’’ he said.
Lassina, who specialises in production of Basketball, Handball among others sports kits, said the partnership with Vemard “is for life’’.
“This partnership is for life and I will always be there for Vemard till the end of its business in football,’’ he said.
Contributing, Chidi Okonkwo, the Chief Executive Officer of Vemard FC, expressed appreciation to God for making the club to achieve a lot within its eight months of existence.
“Vemard is a divine project and this partnership is a right step in the right direction.
“It is not only for provision of kits but for exposure of our coaches to courses and exposure of players to oversea training and other aspects of football development,’’ he said.
In the area of the league, we failed to qualify to the Nigeria Nationwide League after winning all our matches in the League One.
“We are taking it step by step because we decided to play in the nationwide league one and we will continue to give our all till we reach the nationwide league and from there to the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL),’’ he said.
Okonkwo said the club was planning to build their own stadium and have an Academy where they will graduate players who have been inculcated with the club’s tradition.
“We want to establish Vemard Club in other countries and make waves in Africa but my aim in Nigeria is to have some of my players in the national team soon,’’ Okonkwo said.