Mosunmola Eric, wife of former Super Eagles goalkeeper and assistant coach, Joe Erico, who reportedly died on Thursday at 71, said her husband had been ill for three days and complained of body pains before his death.
The widow, said she found her husband dead when she tried to wake him up on Thursday morning.
“He was ill for about three days and we took him to the hospital, he complained of body pain. He was okay and we came back home. But just yesterday (Wednesday) night, he started feeling somehow and he later slept. I tried to wake him up this morning but he was stone dead,” Mosunmola said.
Erico, alongside Amodu Shaibu and Stephen Keshi, became the first indigenous coaches to qualify Nigeria for the World Cup in 2002 but the they fired before the competition, following a spat with the authorities.
Erico is survived by wife, Mosunmola, and children, amongst who is D’Tigers star, Michael Eric, who represented Nigeria at the FIBA World Cup in China, in 2019.