Vandrezzer FC has continued to demonstrate its richness as being the largest followed football club on the Nigerian soil. As part of activities to engage its fans, Vandrezzer FC staged a quiz contest targeted at addressing and proffering solutions to the numerous problems besieging the development of football in the country.
The quiz section has attracted one of Nigeria’s foremost talented midfielders, James Etokebe, an indigene of Ikot Ekpene, Akwa Ibom state, where Vandrezzer's home ground is situated.
James Etokebe started playing football in 1977, at the early age of 13.
He was still in secondary school when invited to play with the likes of Stephen Keshi, Bright Omokaro, Henry Nwosu, Humphrey Edobor, and Mike Ekpenyong (though was later dropped because of his then tender age). James later had his national team debut alongside Rashidi Yekini against Morocco in the 1984 Olympic Qualifiers, before making the Green Eagles squad to the 1984 Cup of Nations where Nigeria picked the silver medal.
In club football, he was among the team that won the FA bronze for then Calabar Rovers in 1983 when they stunned Abiola Babes 2-0 in a scintillating performance at the Lagos national stadium.
The passionate footballer was celebrated after that game against Abiola Babes so much that fans were dolling out cash reward at him. It was Rovers' first-ever medal in club football.
James also featured for Leventis United from 1984 - 1987, where he won the National League, FA Cup, Super Cup, and Africa Cup Winners Cup silver medal.
He later became head coach of Akwa United from 2011 - 2014.
On our Fans Speak quiz segment, we asked followers to state how we can avert the disbandment of privately owned clubs like what was obtained in the past with the likes of Leventis, Abiola Babes, Mobil, BCC Lions, etc.