The Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL) mourns the passing of Sebastien Brodericks-Imasuen, a revered football coach known for his remarkable contributions to Nigerian football. Brodericks-Imasuen, an influential figure in youth and club coaching, passed away at the age of 85 in Benin, Edo State.
In honour of his legacy, the NPFL announced that players and officials will wear black armbands to commemorate Brodericks-Imasuen’s pivotal role in the league’s history. A minute’s silence will precede Match Day 17 of the season as a mark of respect for the departed coach.
Harry Iwuala, NPFL’s Head of Media Communications, shared, “NPFL Chairman Gbenga Elegbeleye directed this tribute to honour the departed coach, who played a pivotal role in Nigerian football’s growth.” Elegbeleye highlighted Brodericks-Imasuen’s impactful career, stating, “Our country has lost an icon in the coaching echelon.”
Brodericks-Imasuen’s illustrious coaching career spanned several clubs, including El-Kanemi Warriors, Udoji United FC, and Bendel Insurance. He gained global recognition by leading the Nigeria U-16 team to victory in the inaugural FIFA Cadet Championship in China in 1985.
In a poignant reaction, Godwin Izilein, former Super Falcon coach, lamented the neglect and abandonment Brodericks-Imasuen faced. Izilein expressed disappointment at the lack of support from the country despite the coach’s monumental achievements. He urged future generations to learn from Brodericks-Imasuen’s legacy, emphasizing the need to honour and acknowledge the contributions of sporting icons.
Brodericks-Imasuen’s impact extended beyond coaching; he represented Nigeria at the 1968 Mexico Olympics. He was instrumental in Nigeria’s historic FIFA U-16 World Cup triumph in 1985 and a silver medal in 1987 in Canada.
His wife confirmed his passing after a year-long battle with illness, marking the end of an era for Nigerian football. Brodericks-Imasuen’s name will forever resonate as an emblem of sporting excellence and dedication to the beautiful game.