Former Super Eagles goalkeepers’ trainer, Joe Erico has expressed deep delight over the inclusion of his Turkey-based son, Michael Eric in the final squad list fo the Nigerian men’s basketball national team, D’Tigers, to this year’s FIBA World Cup in China.
Dramatically, Erico’s son, who plays for Darussafaka of Turkey, is the only centre named in the roster reeled out by D’Tigers coach, Alex Nwora on Tuesday, as he named his final list of 12 players for the championship, with team captain, Ike Diogu at the head of the roll call.
Also in the list to China 2019 are the gaffer’s son, Jordan Nworah as well as Farouq Aminu, Stanley Okoye, Joshua Okogie, Udoh Ekpe, Benjamin Uzoh, Zanna Talib, Vincent Nnamdi, Chimezie Metu and Ike Iroegbu.
Although Erico played football to international level, and was Nigeria’s first choice goalkeeper at a point in his lofty career, he is happy to see his son cutting a different niche for himself in basketball, and is now a member of the national team.
The Nigerian legend, who is still fondly called ‘Jogo Bonito, due to the Brazilian style he introduced to Julius Berger FC of Lagos at the height of his coaching career, added during Mega Sports on Star 101.5 FM, Lagos that he is happy that he is now gaining from the favour he gave to other people, as he is seeing his son shy while he is alive.
He enthused that Michael Eric will go on to play a key role with D’Tigers during the championship in China, where they will battle Korea, Russia and Argentina in their first round gfroup, from which he predicted that Nigeria will scale through and go on to shock the basketball world.
Erico declared: “I am happy, I am delighted that this is happening during my life time. I am glad that I am beginning to gain from what I gave to sports, as my own son is now a national team player.
“I made my marks in football, through God’s grace, and I was able to give my own quota to Nigeria, now my son is doing his own in another sport,. That makes me very glad that we are still contributing to the nation.”