Champions of Lagos, Vandrezzer Football Club, have spectacularly emerged the 16th most digitally followed football club in Africa, according to the recently released ranking by the African Football Digital Benchmark(AFDB) published by Digital Sports Africa and RESULT Sports, Germany.
The club have now moved up 13 places since the last rankings released in June 2021, when the Lions were placed 29th overall in Africa and 1st in Nigeria, with a then estimated following of about 426,000.
While maintaining the position as Nigeria’s most supported team, VFC now move into Africa’s Top 20 with a total of 1,813,703 followers across all platforms including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Tiktok, YouTube, and LinkedIn.
This climb up the rankings sees the two year old football club also emerge the most followed team in West Africa, overtaking the likes of Asante Kotoko (22nd), Accra Hearts of Oak (24); who are the only other two West African sides in the top 25.
The club now also rank above football powerhouses like Al Hilal (23rd), TP Mazembe (21st), and Etoile du Sahel (18th), among others.
Record CAF Champions League winners Al Ahly of Egypt remain unshaken at top spot of the rankings with an estimated digital community of 37 million, while fellow Egyptians Zamalek; Moroccan power-house Raja Casablanca; South African bigwigs Kaizer Chiefs and Tanzanian champions Simba SC, make up the top five most followed African football clubs.
Vandrezzer first broke into the Football Digital Benchmark ranking in August 2020, about a month to our first anniversary, when a followership base of about 281,000 followers landed us in 37th place. Sixteen months later, we have moved twenty one places up the ladder to 16th place.
Vandrezzer FC by this extraordinary feat have again put Nigerian football on the African and indeed global digital map.
The club thank their esteemed supporters and sponsors for this latest landmark, and urge them to keep aligning with the club as they continue building a brand that Nigeria and Africa would be proud of.