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Ex-Super Eagles Defender, Ajibade Babalade Dies Of Cardiac Arrest At Age Of 48 In Ibadan

Ajibade Babalade has died after suffering cardiac arrest.

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

Ex-Super Eagles Defender, Ajibade Babalade Dies Of Cardiac Arrest At Age Of 48 In Ibadan 1

Jubril Awolowo, a former Shooting Stars media officer, who confirmed the death to newsmen, said that Ajibade took ill on Thursday and was taken to the University College Hospital Ibadan where he died on Friday.

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) also confirmed the death and mourned the deceased on their verified Twitter handle.

“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.”

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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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