A former goalkeeper of the then Green Eagles and former assistant coach of the Super Eagles, Mr.Joe Erico has died at the age of 72.
Erico reportedly passed away on Tuesday morning in his Lagos residence surrounded by his family, after a brief illness.
A close family member Tomiwa Aghedo confirmed the development, saying the country’s coaching icon had died after complaining of stomach ache.
“I feel sad informing you that coach Joe Erico passed on this morning [Tuesday],” Aghedo told Goal.
“He complained of stomach ache yesterday and he was subsequently rushed to the hospital, where he was told to present his Covid-19 test result before he would be attended to.
“Coach Erico went for the test as directed and very early this morning he passed away. It’s terrible news at this point in time and everyone of us is devastated.
“We are consoled by the fact that he served Nigeria with all his strength and he lived a good life worthy of emulation.”
Erico alongside late coach Shuaibu Amodu and late Stephen Keshi qualified the Super Eagles for the 2002 Korea/Japan World Cup, but they were dismissed before the Mundial.