Former Nigeria Super Eagles Assistant Coach, Joe Erico has passed away following a protracted illness.
The wife of the former Nigerian goalkeeper trainer, Mosunmola Erico said he breathed his last on Thursday morning after a three-day battle with illness.
“He was ill for about three days and we took him to the hospital, he complained of body pain. He was okay and we came back home,” Mosunmola said.
“But just yesterday night, he started doing somehow and he later slept.
“I tried to wake him up this morning but he was stone dead”.
Joe Erico made his debut for Green Eagles in an AFCON qualifying match against Zambia in Lagos in July 1973 (Nigeria won 3-2), and then kept in all of Nigeria’s 6 matches at the 1976 AFCON in Ethiopia, where the Eagles finished 3rd, the 1st time Nigeria would win a medal at the AFCON.
Erico was also in goal in all of Nigeria’s pre-tournament friendlies against Kenya, Zambia and Tanzania. He was part of the triumvirate (alongside late Amodu Shaibu and late Stephen Keshi) who were shooed in to do a rescue job for Nigeria as the ship to the 2002 FIFA World Cup.
Joe Erico was one of the Assistants Super Eagles coaches to Amodu Shaibu at the 2002 Africa Cup of Nations in Mali.
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