Peter Etebo

Oghenekaro Peter Etebo (born 9 November 1995) is a Nigerian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Championship club Stoke City and the Nigerian national team.

Peter Etebo
Etebo (left) playing for Nigeria against Iceland at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Personal information
Full name Oghenekaro Peter Etebo[1]
Date of birth (1995-11-09) 9 November 1995
Place of birth Warri, Nigeria
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)[2]
Playing position Central midfielder
Club information
Current team
Stoke City
Number 8
Youth career
2011 Lord Honour FC
2012 Warri Wolves
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013–2015 Warri Wolves 64 (23)
2016–2018 Feirense 45 (7)
2018Las Palmas (loan) 14 (0)
2018– Stoke City 45 (2)
National team
2015 Nigeria U23 19 (11)
2013– Nigeria 33 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:41, 22 October 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12:25, 25 July 2019 (UTC)

Etebo started out at Warri Wolves where he spent three years before moving into European football with Portuguese side Feirense. He helped the side gain promotion to the Primeira Liga and establish themselves as a top-flight club. Etebo had a six-month loan spell at Spanish side Las Palmas in the 2017–18 season. Etebo joined English side Stoke City in June 2018 for a fee of £6.35 million.

Club career

Warri Wolves

Etebo joined Warri Wolves in 2012, Etebo was announced as a member of the senior squad for the 2013 Nigeria Premier League season. However, due to his school studies and a delayed start to the league season, he only got to make his professional debut on 14 April 2013, announcing himself to Nigerian fans by scoring the first hat-trick of the season. With his goals in the 4th, 9th and 37th minutes and another by Joseph Osadiaye in the 12th minute as Wolves were up by 4 goals in the first half against El-Kanemi Warriors.[3]

His excellent debut season continued when he scored the fastest hat-trick in the league in a 3–1 win against Wikki Tourists, scoring all 3 goals within 22 minutes of play.[4] Etebo opened scoring for Wolves in the seventh minute of the game, but the celebrations had yet to die down when Waziri Christopher equalized for Wikki. Etebo struck again in the 12th minute to restore Wolves' lead, and he completed his hat-trick in the 29th minute, after the hosts were awarded a spot kick.[5] In March 2014, he scored his first continental goal against Union Douala in the 2014 CAF Confederation Cup. His performances in the CAF Confederation Cup got the attention of Tunisian club Espérance and Egyptian side Zamalek, sparking a fight over his signature.[6] In May 2014 Etebo had a trial at Italian club Udinese.[7][8]

In 2015 Etebo received the Glo Wondergoal award, for the best goal of the 2015 Nigeria Professional Football League season, which was scored against Bayelsa United.[9] On 7 January 2016, he won the Most Promising Talent of the Year award at the CAF Awards in Abuja, Nigeria.[10] In total Etebo scored 23 goals in 64 league games for Warri Wolves in his three years with the club.[11]

Feirense

Etebo joined Portuguese LigaPro club Feirense in early 2016, he played four times in 2015–16, scoring once helping them to gain promotion to the Primeira Liga.[12] He played 27 times in 2016–17 as Feirense finished in eight position narrowly misses out on a European place by two points.[12]

Las Palmas (loan)

On 31 January 2018, Etebo was loaned to La Liga side UD Las Palmas for six months, with a buyout clause.[13] Etebo played 14 matches with Las Palmas but was unable to prevent them being relegated.[12] Etebo earned praise for his performances with the Canary Islands side.[14]

Stoke City

On 11 June 2018, Etebo signed for EFL Championship side Stoke City for €7.2million (£6.35 million) from Feirense on a five-year-deal.[15] He became new manager Gary Rowett's first signing at Stoke, who described him as an 'energetic midfielder'.[16][12] Etebo revealed that he turned down offers from Premier League clubs before joining Stoke.[17] He made his Stoke debut on 5 August 2018 against Leeds United.[18] Etebo played 37 times in 2018–19 and was one of the teams's better performers as Stoke finished in 16th position.[19][20] He scored twice both of which were powerful strikes against Nottingham Forest and Blackburn Rovers.[21][22]

International career

He made his international 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. Both goals were characterized by deep runs from his team's own half. 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.[23] Following a tumultuous arrival in Brazil, he scored 4 goals against Japan in Nigeria's opening group match. The game ended 5–4 to Nigeria. Injured in the third game of the tournament, he played a lessened part in the run of the team to a bronze medal finish. Etebo is a member of the full Nigerian national football team.[24]

He was named in Nigeria's 23-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.[25] Etebo started all three of Nigeria's group matches which saw them beat Iceland but lose to Argentina and Croatia which meant that they failed to progress to the knock-out stages.[26][27][28]

Career statistics

Club

As of match played 22 October 2019[29]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Cup League Cup Total
DivisionAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
Feirense 2015–16[30] LigaPro 41000041
2016–17[31] Primeira Liga 2321031273
2017–18[32] Primeira Liga 1841000194
Total 4572031508
Las Palmas (loan) 2017–18[32] La Liga 1400000140
Stoke City 2018–19[20] Championship 3422010372
2019–20[33] Championship 1100030140
Total 4522040512
Career total 1049407111510

International

As of match played 25 July 2019[34]
National teamYearAppsGoals
Nigeria
201330
201641
201740
2018100
2019120
Total331

International goal

Scores and results list Nigeria's goal tally first.[34]
NoDateVenueOpponentScoreResultCompetition
1.25 March 2016Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna, Nigeria Egypt1–01–12017 Africa Cup of Nations qualification

References

  1. "2018 FIFA World Cup Russia – List of Players" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 4 June 2018. Retrieved 4 June 2018.
  2. "2018 FIFA World Cup: List of players" (PDF). FIFA. 23 June 2018. p. 19.
  3. "Shooting Stars v Akwa United Live Commentary & Result, 14/04/2013, NPFL Goal.com". www.goal.com. Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  4. "NPFL 2012/13 Team of the Season". MichaelOniks Media. 24 October 2013. Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  5. www.realnet.co.uk. "Oghenekaro Etebo scored a hat-trick for Warri Wolves to beat Wikki Tourists". Kick Off. Archived from the original on 14 May 2018. Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  6. "Tunisian clubs chase Oghenekaro Etebo". Football Mole. Archived from the original on 12 June 2018. Retrieved 11 June 2018.
  7. "Etebo Returns To Warri". SL10. Retrieved 11 June 2018.
  8. Peter Etebo at ForaDeJogo. Retrieved 11 June 2018.
  9. "Warri Wolves Etebo clinches Wonder Goal 7 Award -". The Eagle Online. 29 October 2014. Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  10. "Oghenekaro wins Most Promising Player Award | Football Live — Beyond One-League". Footballlive.ng. 7 January 2016. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 7 August 2016.
  11. "We take a close look at City's first signing of the summer". Stoke City. Retrieved 11 June 2018.
  12. "Who is Oghenekaro Peter Etebo? Introducing Stoke City's first signing of summer". Stoke Sentinel. Retrieved 11 June 2018.
  13. "La UD ficha a Etebo, medio centro ofensivo internacional con Nigeria" [UD sign Etebo, attacking midfielder international with Nigeria] (in Spanish). UD Las Palmas. 31 January 2018. Retrieved 1 February 2018.
  14. "ANALYSIS: Nigeria's Etebo was magnificent against Barcelona". .premiumtimesng.com. Retrieved 1 July 2018.
  15. "Oghenekaro Etebo: Stoke City sign Feirense midfielder for £6.35m". BBC Sport. Retrieved 11 June 2018.
  16. "Etebo breaks off from World Cup preparations to join City". Stoke City. 11 June 2018. Retrieved 11 June 2018.
  17. "New signing says he spurned Premier League opportunities during the summer". Stoke City. Retrieved 17 July 2018.
  18. "Leeds 3–1 Stoke". BBC Sport. Retrieved 21 August 2018.
  19. "Stoke City Comment: Put your money on Peter Etebo". Stoke Sentinel. Retrieved 14 May 2019.
  20. "Games played by Peter Etebo in 2018/2019". Soccerbase. Centurycomm.
  21. "Stoke 2–0 Nottingham Forest". BBC Sport. Retrieved 14 May 2019.
  22. "Stoke 1–0 Blackburn". BBC Sport. Retrieved 14 May 2019.
  23. Oluwashina Okeleji (24 June 2016). "Kelechi Iheanacho included in Nigeria's Olympics squad". BBC Sport. Retrieved 25 June 2016.
  24. "Peter Etebo". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman. Retrieved 7 August 2016.
  25. "World Cup 2018: Arsenal's Iwobi in Nigeria's 23-man squad". BBC Sport. Retrieved 11 June 2018.
  26. "Nigeria 0–2 Croatia". BBC Sport. Retrieved 27 June 2018.
  27. "Nigeria 2–0 Iceland". BBC Sport. Retrieved 27 June 2018.
  28. "Nigeria 1–2 Argentina". BBC Sport. Retrieved 27 June 2018.
  29. Peter Etebo at Soccerway
  30. "Games played by Peter Etebo in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Centurycomm.
  31. "Games played by Peter Etebo in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. Centurycomm.
  32. "Games played by Peter Etebo in 2017/2018". Soccerbase. Centurycomm.
  33. "Games played by Peter Etebo in 2019/2020". Soccerbase. Centurycomm.
  34. "Etebo, Oghenekaro". National Football Teams. Retrieved 3 April 2017.
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