Grand Commander of the Federal Republic, Muhammadu Buhari, has expressed his deep sadness over the death of ex Nigerian goalkeeper, Joe Erico on Thursday.
According to a statement by the President’s Media and Publicity Aide – Femi Adesina, Buhari commiserated with the family of ‘Jogo Bonito’ who passed on aged 71.
“President Muhammadu Buhari is saddened to learn of the passing of former Nigeria senior team goalkeeper and one-time assistant coach of the Super Eagles, Joe Erico.
“Commiserating with the family of the legendary player and tactician, as well as the Nigeria Football Federation, the President avers that the nation will forever remember him for his tireless devotion to duty, ensuring victory for Nigeria when it mattered most in football.
“President Buhari believes that coach Erico’s guidance as a veteran would have availed much for the Nigerian football community, but it pleased his Maker to call him home at such a time.
“The President prays almighty God to grant the soul of the deceased eternal rest and divine comfort for family, friends, associates, and everyone who came in contact with the talented sportsman,” he stated.
Erico played between the sticks for Nigeria at the Africa Cup of Nations in 1976, which held in Ethiopia. He finished the tournament with a bronze medal.
He also teamed up with Stephen Keshi and Amodu Shaibu to lead the Super Eagles to a bronze-medal finish at the 2002 Africa Cup of Nations finals in Mali.
The now deceased trio also qualified the National Football team for the 2002 FIFA World Cup.