Ajibade Babalade, former Super Eagles defender, dies at 48 after suffering cardiac arrest

Ajibade Babalade, former Super Eagles defender, dies at 48 after suffering cardiac arrest

Ajibade Babalade, a former Super Eagles defender, died at age 48 after suffering cardiac arrest.

The retired footballer, who won bronze at the 1992 African Cup of Nations in Senegal, died on Friday afternoon, September 4, while being transferred to the University College Hospital in Ibadan.

A close friend of the deceased’s family confirmed his death in a statement to TheCable

“I can confirm to you that he died of cardiac arrest around 11 am today,” the source said.

“He was the one who drove himself to the hospital yesterday because he wasn’t feeling very well.

“Upon arriving at the hospital, after taking his vital signs, the doctor told him that he had to be admitted for high blood pressure. And it was what the medical staff at the hospital were trying to work on.

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“Until this morning, when the boy who stayed with him in the hospital saw the way he was breathing, he had to call his older brother, who rushed to the hospital to see for himself.

“It was the older brother who now requested his immediate discharge and referral to UCH. It was at the entrance to the UCH where he breathed for the last time.

“It hurts so much that my friend is gone. I am heartbroken and devastated. Just yesterday, he still posted the photo of his first child on his Facebook to wish him a happy birthday.

“May his soul rest in peace.”

He is survived by a wife and three children, all living in the United States.

Ajibade began his professional career at Stationery Stores in Lagos State in 1990, before joining 3SC and helping the Oluyole Warriors to the CAF Champions in League tournament in 1996.

He also enjoyed several seasons abroad, playing for the Ivory Coast team, African Sports, Anyang LG Cheetahs (Korea), SK Sturm Graz (Austria) and the Indian club Mohun Bagan AC.

In October 2008, Babalade was appointed coach of Shooting Stars FC.

 

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