Sam Ibiam, Nigerian footballer, Died at 90


Sam Henshaw Ibiam was born on April 4, 1925, and died on December 2, 2015.

Popularly known as The Black Magnet during his playing days.

Sam was a Nigerian footballer who played as a goalkeeper for the pioneer Nigerian national football team who were regarded as the “1949 UK Tourists”.

It is claimed that he conceded just five goals in his nine years of representing Nigeria till he retired from international football in 1958.

Sam career came to limelight after featuring for the Port Harcourt XI team that got to the semi-finals of the old Governor’s Cup from 1947 to 1949, thus leading to his call-up to represent Nigeria in the tour of the United Kingdom.

In recognition for his achievements, Sam Ibiam was awarded a trophy at the “First National Sports Award for Sports Heroes and Heroines of Yesteryear” in 1987.

After his retirement from football in 1960, Sam served as head coach for the Aba XI team before proceeding to handle the Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation team from 1965 to 1967.

Sam Henshaw Ibiam passed away at age 92 in December 2015.