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Etebo Suffers Another Pre-Season Defeat With Stoke City

Etebo Suffers Another Pre-Season Defeat With Stoke City

By Adeboye Amosu:

Super Eagles midfielder, Oghenekaro Etebo, ended up on the losing side once again as Stoke City fell to a 2-1 defeat against German club, SV Hamburg in a pre-season game at the Hansch Arena on Saturday, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.

Etebo made his first appearance for the English Championship club in their 2-0 defeat to VFL Bochum on Wednesday coming on as 70th minute substitute.

The Potters played two friendlies on Saturday against SV Meppen and Hamburg in the KiK-xxl Cup with both games lasting 45 minutes each.

The Nigerian international sat out the first game against SV Mappen which his side lost 1-0.

He was however involved from the start against Hamburg.

Etebo joined Stoke City from Spanish club CD Feirense last month.

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  • When the news of Etebo’s move to Stoke City broke, it was initially met by me with a mixture of disappointment and praise.

    Disappointment that he moved to a division 2 club but praise that he has sorted he immediate future out.

    However, as time went on, I couldn’t help but extinguish all feelings of disappointment and be very happy for Etebo.

    Yes, I want Etebo to play in the English Premier League, yes there is some wisdom in the argument that he should have waited until after his performance at the world cup to sort his future out, yes I run the risk of being called all sort of names for my present position on this matter but I now strongly believe that Etebo has done the right thing and his decision to join Stoke City may turn out to be one of the best footballing decisions he ever made.

    Why? I hear you ask. Well for the following 3 reasons.

    1) The (EFL) English Football League Championship is very ruthless: None of the teams in the league wants to be there (which is a good thing). They all want to be in the English Premier League so they battle tooth and nail to gain promotion. Stoke recently got relegated after many successful years in the Premier League and they want to follow in the footsteps of Newcastle United by gaining automatic promotion.

    I don’t envy Etebo and his colleagues. They have to be at the top of their game week in week out in this relentless, often brutal struggle to gain promotion. The skills gained in this struggle for promotion should serve him well for Nigeria.

    2) The EFL is actually a top European league: Check out these facts – The EFL Championship is the wealthiest non-top flight football division in the world and the seventh richest division in Europe. With an average match attendance for the 2016–17 season of 20,130 the Championship ranked second after the German 2. Bundesliga as the most-watched secondary league in the world.

    In one particular season, the EFL announced a total attendance (including postseason) of 9.8 million, which – for that season – was the fourth highest total attendance for a European football division, behind the FA Premier League (12.88m), Spain’s La Liga (11.57m) and Germany’s Bundesliga (10.92m), but beating Italy’s Serie A (9.77m) and France’s Ligue 1 (8.17m).

    3) Stoke City has pedigree and ambition: Founded as Stoke Ramblers in 1863, Stoke City are the second-oldest professional football club in the world, after Notts County, and were a founding member of the Football League in 1888.

    Prior to their recent unfortunate relegation, Stoke City made the English Premier League their home for about 10 year. High quality players like Peter Odenwingie, Peter Crouch, Victor Moses, Darren Fletcher, Seyi Olofijana, Xherdan Shaqiri and Marc Muniesa are all notable past/present players.

    Stoke City are keen to return back to where they believe they belong (the English Premier League). In Etebo, they believe they have found a player that will help them do just that from a harsh and unforgiving fiercely competitive league.