Son of former Green Eagles goalkeeper, Michael Erico has taken to social media to mourn the death of his father Joe Erico, who died on Thursday at the age of 72 after a minor stomach ache, AOIFootball.com reports.
Nicknamed ‘Jogo Bonito’, the outspoken tactician was a member of the bronze-winning Green Eagles at the Ethiopia 1976 AFCON and also helped Nigeria clinch Bronze at the 2002 AFCON in Mali.
Michael, who plays basketball, revealed on his Twitter page that the pair were more than just father and son as he also his mentor.
“I’m heartbroken. I just lost my mentor, my best friend, my blood, my father!!. I’m devastated at the moment. I know he would be telling me to have the courage and build mental strength right now.
“But I don’t have him anymore for that. He was more than a goalkeeper, athlete, and Olympian. He was a friend to many, a father figure to many, a mentor to many. At this current moment, I’m numb and speechless.
“We’ll miss his smiles, his jokes, his generosity, and everything about him that made him unique. I will miss you papa ooo. Always remember to show and tell your loved ones how much you love them and appreciate them #Joeerico you will be missed,” Eric said.
Coach Erico is survived by a wife and four children.