ABUJA, Nigeria’s – former goalkeeper coach and assistant coach Joe Erico has died on the age of 72.
Erico, nicknamed ‘Jogo Bonito’, handed away on Thursday morning in Lagos surrounded by his household, after a short sickness.
Former @NGSuperEagles goalkeeping coach Joe Erico has handed on at 72, considered one of his members of the family simply advised me on cellphone. He had complained of a minor abdomen ache on Wednesday night and on Thursday morning [today], he waved the world goodbye. Might God grant Jogobonito everlasting relaxation
— Shina Oludare (@sportingshina) January 21, 2021
Confirming this growth to Purpose, an in-depth member of the family Tomiwa Aghedo mentioned the nation’s teaching icon gave up the ghost after complaining of abdomen ache.
“I really feel unhappy informing you that coach Joe Erico handed on this morning [Thursday],” Aghedo advised Purpose.
“He complained of abdomen ache yesterday and he was subsequently rushed to the hospital.
“Very early this morning he handed away. It’s horrible information at this cut-off date and each considered one of us is devasted.
“We’re consoled by the truth that he served Nigeria with all his energy and he lived a great life worthy of emulation.”
Erico started his soccer profession with the Nigerian Police Drive, NEPA, Nigeria Railways, Electrical energy Connectors of Nigeria and Julius Berger – the place he gained a number of diadems.
He attracted the nationwide groups’ selectors in 1968 and he was picked to man Nigeria’s goalpost alongside Prince Zion Ogunfeyimi by coach Tiko Jelisavcic for the 1976 Africa Cup of Nations staged in Ethiopia.
There, he performed a vital function as Jelisavic’s males positioned third after defeating Egypt 3-2 within the play-off on the Addis Ababa Stadium.
Sadly, his promising soccer profession got here to a halt years later whereas on worldwide obligation.
Erico went into administration and he dealt with his boyhood membership Julius Berger the place he launched the Jogo Bonito type – a definite type of aptitude in Brazilian soccer.
He was a part of the teaching crew that certified the Nigeria U23 squad for the Sydney 2000 Olympics. Sadly, he was fired on the eve of the competitors by the Nigeria Soccer Federation.
Two years later, he was recalled to the nationwide Tremendous Eagles setup as an assistant to Amodu Shuaibu. Alongside Amodu and Stephen Keshi, Nigeria certified for the 2002 World Cup staged in South Korea and Japan. Once more, he was axed by the NFF after the nation positioned third on the 2002 Afcon in Mali.
Coach Erico is survived by his spouse and 4 kids. His burial preparations will likely be introduced within the coming days.