Former Super Eagles defender Ajibade Babalade has died at the age of 48.
Babalade reportedly died in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, after suffering cardiac arrest on Friday.
Babalade reportedly passed away while being rushed to the University College Hospital, Ibadan, after he took ill on Thursday.
The Nigeria Football Federation also confirmed the death and mourned the deceased.
“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.”
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.