Dare mourns Erico

The death of Former Green Eagles goalkeeper  Joseph Erico has been  described  as a monumental  loss to  Nigeria  by Minister of Youth and sports Development Mr Sunday Dare.

A statement  by  the  Minister’s  Media  Office stated ” Erico dead, this is so unfortunate and  sad. This is one death too many, a great loss to the  entire family  and the sporting fraternity. He was a great goalkeeper who stood out among his peers,  he also made his mark  as Assistant  Super Eagles coach. My deepest  condolences to the family, friends and the football  family. 

May God bless his soul and comfort his family.” the statement concluded. 

Erico made his mark as a player with ECN which metamorphosed  into NEPA Football  Club.

He was a member of the Green Eagles Nations Cup Bronze winning team  in Ethiopia.

He later coached Julius Berger Football Club  of Lagos as well as NEPA FC.

He was Assistant  to the late Amodu Shuaibu at  the Mali 2002 Nations Cup. He alongside  the late Amodu and  Stephen  Keshi qualified  the Super Eagles for the 2002 World Cup, but were sacked afterwards.

Erico was nicknamed  the Jogo Bonito exponent because of his flair for tip tap football reminiscent of the Brazilian  Samba style.

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