Peter Obi mourns ex-goalkeeper Joe Erico

Former Anambra State Governor Peter Obi

Former vice-presidential candidate Peter Obi on Thursday paid tributes to former Green Eagles goalkeeper Joe Erico.

Erico was also part of the coaching crew that led the Super Eagles to the 2000 Africa Cup of Nations tournament and also helped the team qualify for the 2002 AFCON and World Cup.

He recently died in Lagos at the age of 72 after a brief illness.

In his condolence message, Mr Obi described Erico as a committed sportsman who served the nation well, both as a player and as a coach.

Obi noted Erico’s football exploits that earned him the nickname “Jogo Bonito”. He stated that Erico’s sacrifices, achievements and legacies in Nigeria’s football sector will always be remembered.

Obi condoled with the family, friends and well-wishers of Erico, urging them to accept Erico’s death as the will of God which cannot be questioned. He further expressed his condolences to the Nigeria Football Federation and football lovers in Nigeria, praying God to give them the fortitude to bear Erico’s death.

“May God who has called Joe Erico home, grant him eternal rest in heaven,” Obi said.