Sometimes I wonder why Genort Rohr keeps pairing Oghenekaro Peter Etebo and Wilfred Ndidi in matches when they both perform the same duty on the pitch?
What if something – I mean an injury happens to any of them, who is the replacement?
I leave that for Rohr to ponder while I concentrate on the Oghenekaro Etebo biography I meant to write.
Oghenekaro Etebo Biography
Oghenekaro Peter Etebo is one of those Nigerian miracle footballers who played his way into Europe and continued to maintain their class.
The Delta State indigene was born on November 9, 1995, in Warri and had shown great zeal and passion for football from a young age.
The Midfielder has played for many clubs in his professional career, including Warri Wolves, Feirense, Las Palmas, Stoke City, Getafe, and Watford.
He is also part of the Super Eagles’ team and played an important role in the super eagles’ world cup campaign.
Etebo is happily married from the football world, and he lives with his wife and two kids in England.
Etebo started his professional career with Warri Wolves in 2012 while still studying in college.
He graduated later in the year but had to wait until the following year before making his first appearance, a classic debut.
Etebo hit a hat trick in his first match to send the Media right on him, and he more than grabbed the spotlight as he followed up with another hat trick a couple of games later against Wikki Tourists.
The latter treble of goals was the fastest in the league as he scored all of them within 22 minutes of play.
Etebo continued his dominance in the league as a free-scoring midfielder and ended up scoring 23 goals in 64 games for three years.
His dominance attracted Portuguese side Feirense, and he was signed to his first European club in early 2016.
Just like he did with Warri Wolves, Etebo seized the opportunity and played a critical role in helping the club qualify from relegation.
He played four times in 2015-2016 and scored once to help their bid into the Primer Liga. He played for them for another year and helped them to 8th position before moving to La Liga side Las Palmas.
After a season with Las Pamas, he was signed by Stoke City in 2018.
His current contract with Stoke City was valued at £6.35 million and is expected to last until January 2023.
Coming to Stoke City, Etebo started brightly and was described by the Manager, Gary Rowett’s, as energetic and mentally strong.
In his debut year, his performance with Stoke City kept them from slipping into relegation as they finished 16th in the league.
Stoke, however, succumbed the following season leading to the sack of Gary, who was replaced by Michael O’Neill.
Etebo was dropped from the squad with O’Neill, critical of his efforts in training. He was immediately moved to season-long loans to Galatasaray, Getafe, and Watford.
He has remained with Watford to date, with the loan deal set to expire this summer, except the Management choose to activate his contract.
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Super Eagles Career
Etebo made his Super Eagles debut on 27 July 2013 against Côte d’Ivoire in a 2–0 loss in Abidjan during the 2014 African Nations Championship qualification campaign for home-based players.
He also played against Jordan in an international friendly on 23 October 2013.
In December 2015, he helped the Nigerian U-23 Team to the U-23 Africa Cup of Nations triumph in Senegal; finishing top scorer with 5 goals, including a brace in a 2–1 win against Algeria in the final.
Having almost single-handedly guaranteed Nigeria’s qualification to the Olympic games, he was subsequently selected by Nigeria in the 35-man provisional squad for the 2016 Summer Olympics.
And in Brazil, he scored 4 goals against Japan in Nigeria’s opening group match. The game ended 5–4 to Nigeria.
He got injured in the third game of the tournament and had to play a lessened part in the run of the team to a bronze medal finish.
Etebo is a member of the Nigerian national football team and was named in Super Eagles’ 23-man squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Etebo started all three of Nigeria’s group matches which saw them beat Iceland but lose to Argentina and Croatia thereby unable to progress to the knock-out stages.
Etebo some years back, would not consider himself to be a millionaire with the dollar sign.
However, the Warri-born superstar has achieved that status with extras.
As it stands, Etebo is one of the most successful Nigerian home-grown breakout stars in the 2010s.
According to estimates and following his lucrative contract with stoke city, Etebo has a net worth ranging from $3 million to $4 million.
An unconfirmed source pegs it at $3.8 million.
His earnings make him one of the wealthiest home-grown Nigerian footballers under the 27-year mark.
Etebo’s Net worth is expected to increase due to his continuous improvement and the potential of getting a more lucrative contract.
While he has played across Europe, Etebo does not have a house overseas.
The reason for this is probably because he has only enjoyed a short stint with his various clubs, and trying to buy a house would be asking too much.
He has instead opted for the option of renting homes.
Hopefully, with a more binding and lucrative contract, the Delta state Indigene will see it as necessary to have a home in one of the countries overseas.
Etebo is believed to have a standard Duplex in his hometown, but the details and facts around the claims are a bit sketchy.
While he does not have a house in England, the same is not the case with his rides.
The Watford man has been spotted with two different cars that are believed to be his own, as they are usually seen with him during training and across-town during football games.
The two cars are a G-Wagon and a Mercedes Benz.
He probably owns more than just these two rides, but they are the ones he has been seen with.
Born in Warri, where marriage is seen as the best way to cap the beginning of a successful profession and journey, it didn’t need a lot for the public to predict that Etebo would tie the knot soon.
The Urhobo-born Midfielder, in 2018, took a short break from Stoke City to formalize his marital journey with his childhood heartthrob Ebhota Bethel in the usual traditional style of the Urhobos.
For a Warri-themed Marriage, the ceremony was relatively quiet, and the needed rites were quickly performed to allow the Stoke City midfielder to quickly return to England, get settled with his family, and return to his team.
According to Etebo, there was barely any time for the ceremony, so he had to make do with the little break he had been afforded.
He also stated that Bethel had always been his love, and he never had any doubt about settling with his baby mama.
Etebo union has been blessed with two kids; a boy named wealth and a girl named Elo.
The Kids, according to Etebo, has been one of his inspirations to reach its peak version and stay there.
With his marriage, Etebo joined the host of Super Eagles players to have thrown the towel on Bachelorhood and rather settle for Husband and fatherly responsibility.
Peter Etebo’s salary has grown considerably over the years, and this trend is expected to continue.
Currently, Etebo’s initial stoke City contract is expected to last till June 30, 2023, though this can change if Watford decides to activate their purchase option.
His weekly earnings based on his current contract are £29,000 per week, accumulating to £1,508,000 per year.