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Ex-Nigeria International Erico Dies At 72

Ex-Nigeria International Erico Dies At 72

Former Nigeria international goalkeeper and ex-Super Eagles goalkeeper trainer Joe Erico has passed away at the age of 72 after a brief illness.

Erico’s death was confirmed to Goal by a close member of his family Tomiwa Aghedo.

According to Aghedo, Erico who died on Tuesday morning, after complaining of stomach ache.

“I feel sad informing you that coach Joe Erico passed on this morning [Tuesday],” Aghedo told Goal.

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“He complained of stomach ache yesterday (Monday) 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 every one of us is devasted.

“We are consoled by the fact that he served Nigeria with all his strength and he lived a good life worthy of emulation.”

During his playing career, Erico featured for Nigerian Police Force, NEPA, Nigeria Railways, Electricity Connectors of Nigeria and Julius Berger.

At international level, he was in goal for Nigeria at the 1976 Africa Cup of Nations in Ethiopia where the then Green Eagles finished third.

After retiring from professional he went into coaching and handled NEPA as well as Julius Berger.

He was part of the late Amodu Shuaibu coaching crew that qualified Nigeria to the 2002 FIFA World Cup in Korea/Japan.

Also, he was part of the coaching crew to the 2002 AFCON in Mali where the Eagles placed third.

Erico is survived by his wife and four children. His burial arrangements will be announced in the coming days.

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  • GLORY 3 years ago

    The apostle of juggle bonito passes on. May Jehovah God, Most Merciful have mercy on his soul while he rest in peace. Amen

  • Dr. Drey 3 years ago

    Holy Lord. Jogo Bonito exponent is gone….? So a patient cannot get treated unless he/she produces a COVID test result….??? Which kind of country is this…Stomach ache to obituary…? Nigeria is indeed not worth dying for. May God rest his soul and console his family.

  • pompei 3 years ago

    Condolences to the family 🙁

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