Etuhu's delight at starting his first game for the Super Eagles in the 2-2 draw with Mexico in Ciudad Juarez last weekend was ruined when he returned to the team hotel after the game and discovered it had been raided by thieves.
However, Etuhu - who is due back in training with Sunderland tomorrow - will be compensated for the robbery by the organisers of the friendly, in which Newcastle's Obafemi Martins scored both goals for Nigeria.
Nigeria national team secretary Dayo Enebi told The Journal: "We went to the police station and the organisers of the match have been really concerned. They have, in fact, taken the bank details of the players who lost valuables and said they will pay back whatever was lost in the burglary. The credit cards that were thought to have been stolen were later found in a bag."