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Former Super Eagles defender, Ajibade Babalade, dies

Written by Chukwuma Obiasia

Former Super Eagles defender Ajibade Babalade is dead! He reportedly died in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, after suffering cardiac arrest on Friday

48-year-old Ajibade, according to reports, died while being rushed to the University College Hospital, Ibadan, after he reportedly took ill on Thursday.

The Nigeria Football Federation also confirmed the death and mourned the deceased.

“We are sad to announce the shocking demise of former @NGSuperEagles defender, Ajibade Babalade. Babalade died of cardiac arrest today in Ibadan. May his gentle soul Rest In Peace. Our prayers are with his family”.

Ex-Eagles goalkeeper and Babalade’s Senegal ’92 teammate, Ike Shorunmu also confirmed the death of the Lagos-born ex-footballer.

“I went to the mosque for Jumat service this afternoon (Friday), so I switched off my phone. Immediately I put it back on, I got a message from Ajibade’s in-law that I needed to be at his place. So, I went with my wife, but on our arrival, the (Babalade’s) family broke the news to me,” Shorumnu said

The hard tackling retired defender was part of the Super Eagles squad to the 1992 Africa Cup of Nations in Senegal where the national team won the bronze.

Though he is fondly remembered for his exploits at Shooting Stars, Babalade played for a few other teams both locally and internationally.

He started his professional career at Stationery Stores of Lagos but went on to play for Ivoirian side, African Sports, Anyang LG Cheetahs (Korea), SK Sturm Graz (Austria) and Indian club Mohun Bagan AC.

He was also a former manager of the Shooting Stars.

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