Ex-Super Eagles star Ajibade Babalade is dead

Former Super Eagles defender Ajibade Babalade is dead. The ex-international died today, September 4 in Ibadan, in south west part of Nigeria, after suffering cardiac arrest.

A report in a Nigerian daily, The PUNCH and another stated that the former Stationery Stores defender died on the way to the University College Hospital, Ibadan, after he became very ill.

Ajibade was a squad member of the Eagles led by Dutchman Clemens Westerhof that won bronze at the 1992 Africa Cup of Nations in Senegal.

He started his professional career at Stationery Stores of Lagos in 1990 where he became quite popular with the Stores fans. He would later join Shooting Stars of Ibadan and helping the Oluyole Warriors reach the final game of the 1996 CAF Champions in League.

He also played professionally abroad first in Ivory Coast with African Sports, and later with Anyang LG Cheetahs (Korea), SK Sturm Graz (Austria) and Indian club Mohun Bagan AC.

Babalade was named as manager of the Shooting Stars FC in 2008.

He was aged 48 and survived by a wife and three children, who are all based in the US.