• Sat. May 18th, 2024

The family of Coach Sebastian Brodrick Imasuen has announced the passing of the tactician behind the 1985 Under-17 World Cup football championship-winning team, the Golden Eaglets, platinumnewsng.com is reporting.

In a press statement signed by his son, Efosa Sabastian-Imasuen, Coach Imasuen passed away in the early hours of Wednesday, the 3rd of January 2024, following an extended battle with diabetes at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital.

Coach Imasuen’s contributions to the sport, particularly in nurturing young talents during the historic 1985 under-17 championship, continue to echo through generations.

The late coach was one of the football players who represented Nigeria at the Mexico Olympic Games in 1968 and famously scored from a free kick to win the then Challenge Cup for Bendel Insurance in 1972 in the replay against Mighty Jets of Jos at the Liberty Stadium – the first time the national cup final was held outside Lagos.

He later became a coach and handled the Midwest junior side to win a gold medal at the inaugural National Sports Festival in 1973.

At some point in his career, he was the assistant to Clemens Westerhof in the Super Eagles.

The family, in the wake of this grievous loss, seeks the understanding and support of well-wishers as they grapple with the irreplaceable loss of their revered patriarch.

The departure of Coach Sebastian Brodrick Imasuen marks the end of an era in football, yet his legacy will continue to inspire and influence future generations of footballers.

Jokanola Bolaji

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