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JUST IN: FORMER SUPER EAGLES STAR, AJIBADE BABALADE IS DEAD

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Former Super Eagles and Shooting Stars Sports Club of Ibadan defender Ajibade Babalade has died today in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, after suffering a cardiac arrest.

Popularly called ‘Kunde’ by soccer fans due to his hard tackling style and power packed spot kicks, Babalde was pronounced dead on arrival after being rushed to the University College Hospital, Ibadan.

Former Super Eagles goalkeeper, Ike Shorunmu told journalists he was informed of his friend’s death in the afternoon, after attending Jumat service.

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“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 told The PUNCH exclusively.

“I’m very sad as we speak now. This is someone whom I spoke with two days ago (on Wednesday), when he celebrated his son’s birthday.

“I was told he had cardiac arrest in the (Friday) morning. I had to console his wife and kids, who are based in America, over the demise of their father. He died at the UCH gate.”

Born 29th March, 1972; Ajibade Babalade is survived by a wife and three children.

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