The Edo State Deputy Governor, Rt Hon Comrade Philip Shaibu has described the late coach Sebastien Brodricks Imasuen’s death as a national loss whose void cannot be easily filled in the Nigeria national football team.
The Deputy Governor spoke at the residence of the late tactician when he led some of his aides on a condolence visit to the family of the late World Cup-winning coach earlier today said that the death of Coach Sebastien’s death is not just a loss to Edo State, but Nigerian in general.
“He was the first Nigeria national team coach of 1985 that won the first FIFA World Cup in China and we’re here to commiserate with the immediate family of the late coach Sebastien, knowing that by the Grace of God, he is in heaven resting.”
“Coach Sebastien has written his name in gold in the heart of God and men because of what he used his talent to do for our country in Africa and the world. When nobody gave us a chance as a continent, he proved to the world that the World Cup is not only for other continents but it was the turn of Africa to write history and he eventually won the 1985 World Cup.”
“We’re not mourning his death, but celebrating the life of a man who came into the world, saw and conquered the battlefield.”
“Sebastien made us believe that when you discover talent, you must try and develop that talent you discovered. We have a lot to celebrate about him and we thank God that he now has all of us he left behind to emulate him and keep what he lived for.”
“For the immediate family he left behind, I can assure you that you’re not alone, I am with you, Edo people are with and Nigerians are with you”, Shaibu added.
Earlier in his remarks, the deceased son, Efosa Brodrick appreciated the Deputy Governor’s contribution towards his late father even as he noted that death is unavoidable.
Late Sebastian Brodricks died on Wednesday, January 3, 2024, at the age of 85 years.
According to the family source, his burial ceremony is being fixed for February 22, 2024.