Former Super Eagles Defender Ajibade Babalade Dies


A former Super Eagles defender, Ajibade Babalade, died on Friday in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital at the age of 48.

Ajibade died of cardiac arrest at the University College Hospital Ibadan.

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) announced Ajibade’s passing away on Friday through a tweet.

“We are sad to announce the shock 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,” NFF announced.

During his playing days, Ajibade was well known for his hard tackles.

He was part of the Super Eagles squad that won bronze at the 1992 Africa Cup of Nations hosted by Senegal.

Ajibade started his professional career at Stationery Stores of Lagos and went on to play for Shooting Stars of Ibadan where he is fondly remembered. He also managed the cub after his playing days.

He also played for Ivoirian side, African Sports, Anyang LG Cheetahs (Korea), SK Sturm Graz (Austria) and Indian club Mohun Bagan AC.

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