Former Super Eagles goalkeeper trainer and assistant coach, Joe Erico, is dead.
He was aged 72.
Erico, nicknamed “Jogobonito exponent” died on Tuesday morning in Lagos from a brief illness.
He was reportedly surrounded by his family in his last moments.
A close family member, Tomiwa Aghedo, said 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.”