Saturday’s showing against Cameroon was another classy performance by the Stoke City midfielder, and at the age of 23, has the potential to become one of the best of his generation.
To the casual football fan, it may have come as little surprise that the Super Eagles were able to overcome Cameroon in Saturday’s round of 16 fixture.
Several players did put in fine showing, such as Wilfred Ndidi, Alex Iwobi, Odion Ighalo, Ahmed Musa and Samuel Chukwueze. However, it was Ndidi’s partner in midfield that particularly impressed – Oghenekaro Etebo.
Over the course of the 90 minutes of action, the former Warri Wolves player made five tackles, clearances (14) and interceptions (4) out of any of his team-mates, whilst also making more than 90 touches throughout the game. While not boasting the highest passing accuracy, Etebo did attempt 88 passes. Not bad for a central midfielder.
While it is true that some of the defensive decisions of Etebo is, at times, lacking, particularly when compared to that of Wilfred Ndidi, the man who is on the payroll of the Potters still has time on his side to improve on this, and add to an already very promising set of skills.
Etebo and co now face a Bafana Bafana side boasting interesting attacking threats in the last eight. However, whatever the result of the match, this AFCON has shown that the future is indeed bright for the Super Eagles.