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Imasuen: We Lost a Fervent Patriot and One of Nigeria’s Most Accomplished Football Players/Coaches — Gov Obaseki



Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State has expressed deep sorrow over the demise of the renowned football coach, Sebastian Broderick Imasuen, who led the Nigerian FIFA-U17 team to victory at the U-17 World Cup in China in 1985, describing him as a remarkable Edo son and one of Nigeria’s accomplished football figures.

According to him, “Late Imaseun was a dedicated family man whose exploits as a football player and tactician knew no bounds, as he was renowned for his astuteness, discipline, boldness, and commitment to sports in our dear State and country.”

In the heartfelt statement, Governor Obaseki acknowledged the significant contributions of Coach Broderick to the growth of sports, particularly football, in Nigeria. The veteran coach, aged 85, passed away, leaving behind a legacy that spans playing and coaching careers marked by excellence.

Born in Benin City in 1938, Broderick Imasuen began his educational journey at St. John’s Primary School, Onitsha, and later gained admission to Bishop Shenahan College, Orlu, in 1955. He earned his West African Schools Certificate (WASC) in 1960.

Early in his football career, Broderick played for the defunct Electricity Corporation of Nigeria Football Club of Lagos (ECN FC) and represented the Nigerian football team at the Mexico Olympic Games in 1968. Notably, he contributed to Bendel Insurance Football Club’s victory in the Challenge Cup in 1972, scoring a memorable free kick.

Governor Obaseki praised Coach Broderick’s exceptional coaching abilities, reiterating that he led the Nigerian FIFA-U17 team to victory at the U-17 World Cup in China in 1985. The veteran coach left an indelible mark on the football landscape, renowned for discovering and nurturing young talents, propelling them to national prominence.

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Describing him as an embodiment of the Edo spirit, Governor Obaseki highlighted Broderick’s dedication to his family and his profound impact on the world of sports. The late coach was known for his astuteness, discipline, boldness, and unwavering commitment to sports development in Edo State and Nigeria.

The governor extended heartfelt condolences to the Imasuen family, friends, well-wishers, and football enthusiasts across the nation. He prayed for strength and fortitude to bear the irreparable loss, emphasizing that Coach Broderick Imasuen’s legacy will endure as an inspiration to future generations.

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