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Former Golden Eaglets coach Sebastian Broderick-Imasuen passes away

Sebastian Broderick-Imasuen, the renowned coach who guided the Golden Eaglets to victory in the inaugural FIFA U-17 World Cup in 1985, has sadly passed away after a battle with stroke.

The football icon, born on July 9, 1938, breathed his last on Wednesday, January 3, 2023.

Broderick-Imasuen’s journey in football began as a player with the Electricity Corporation of Nigeria Football Club of Lagos (ECN FC) from 1962 to 1970. During his playing career, he achieved notable success, including a national Challenge Cup triumph in 1965 and representing the 1968 Nigeria Olympic team.

Transitioning from playing to coaching, Broderick attended various coaching courses and made his mark early by guiding the Mid-Western U-13 team to a Gold medal in Lagos’s first National Sports Festival in 1973.

The pinnacle of his coaching career came in 1985 when he assumed the role of chief coach for the national U16 team at the Kodak-FIFA U16 World Youth Championship in China. Under his leadership, the team emerged victorious, securing the trophy for Nigeria and Africa with a 2-0 triumph over West Germany in the final.

Broderick-Imasuen’s influence extended to the Super Eagles, where he served as an assistant coach during Clemens Westerhof’s tenure as the Technical Adviser. His coaching legacy also touched various clubs, including Bendel Insurance, El Kanemi Warriors, and Udoji United.

Struggling with illness for an extended period, Broderick-Imasuen received treatment at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital until his passing. The football community mourns the loss of a distinguished figure who left an indelible mark on the sport, particularly in youth development and coaching excellence

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