One of the most accomplished coaches of Nigeria’s youth teams, Sebastian Brodricks-Imasuen is still celebrating making the octogenarian grade, having clocked 80 at the beginning of the week.
“I am a very happy man to have reached the age of 80. I give God Almighty all the glory,” a joyous Brodricks-Imasuen told thenff.com.
Brodricks-Imaseun was head coach of the first Nigeria team to win a FIFA World Cup, with his U16 boys that stunned the world in 1985. The team captained by Nduka Ugbade and including players like Victor Igbinoba, Babatunde Joseph, Bella Momoh, Jonathan Akpoborire, Tonworimi Duere, Binebi Numa, Salisu Nakande and Sani Adamu defeated then West Germany 2-0 in the final of the inaugural FIFA U16 World Cup at the Workers’ Stadium in Beijing.
Brodricks-Imasuen also led the team to reach the Final in Canada two years later, before they lost to then Soviet Union after penalty shoot-out, and was also in charge when the team featured at the 1989 finals in Scotland, losing out in the quarter finals to eventual winners Saudi Arabia.
The competition became an U17 event in 1991 (Nigeria was not able to feature as a result of a FIFA ban), but after Fanny Ikhayere Amun led Nigeria to victory in Japan in 1993, Brodricks-Imasuen was again called upon to tinker the squad to Ecuador in 1995.
The Nigeria Football Federation felicitates with Coach Sebastian Brodricks-Imasuen.