January, 3 2024.
Renowned as Nigeria's midfield prodigy, Oghenekaro Etebo, hailed for his standout performance at the U23 AFCON in 2015, finds himself without a club amidst mounting speculations as the January transfer window swings open.
Etebo's journey began as an attacking midfielder with Warri Wolves, capturing hearts in the NPFL by igniting his debut with a remarkable hat-trick against El Kanemi Warriors in 2013. His inaugural season remained stellar, etching his name in history by securing the fastest hat-trick in the league, stunning Wikki Tourists with three goals in a mere 22 minutes of play.
His exploits extended to the 2014 CAF Confederations Cup, where he notched his first continental goal against Union Douala, stirring interest from clubs like Tunisian side Espérance, Egyptian giants Zamalek, and various European suitors.
In December 2015, Etebo propelled the Nigerian U-23 Team to victory in the U-23 Africa Cup of Nations in Senegal, emerging as the tournament's top scorer with five goals, including a crucial brace in the final against Algeria.
His pivotal role in securing Nigeria's qualification for the Olympic Games earned him a spot in the 35-man provisional squad for the 2016 Summer Olympics.
Amidst a tumultuous arrival in Brazil, Etebo's brilliance shone as he netted four goals against Japan in Nigeria's opening group match, culminating in a thrilling 5–4 victory. Despite an injury hampering his later engagements in the tournament, he contributed to Nigeria's bronze medal finish.
Etebo's journey thereafter led him through stints at CD Feirense, Stoke City, Las Palmas, and loan spells at Getafe, Galatasaray, and Watford.
As the winter transfer window opens, the landscape is rife with speculation and anticipation regarding the future endeavors of this midfield stalwart. His undeniable prowess and remarkable journey continue to captivate the footballing world.