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The Bauchi State Football Association (BAFA) has joined Nigerians all over the world in mourning the death of former Super Eagles’ defender, Ajibade Babalade who died of cardiac arrest on Friday, September 4th 2020.
According to the statement signed by the Chairman of Bauchi State FA, Patrick Pascal, MON, described the death as a huge loss to not just his family, but the entire Nigerian football fraternity.
The Bauchi state FA boss, who played alongside Babalade, (who was fondly called Kunde) in Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) of Ibadan in the 1990s recalled Babalade great contribution to the development of the round leather game in the country.
Pascal urged families and entire football fraternity to find solace in God, he also prayed God to grant Babalade’s soul eternal rest and comfort his family.
“We at the Bauchi state FA and all the stakeholders in the state received the news of the death of Ajibade Babalade with a heavy heart. May God grant his family the strength to absorb the impact of this death, forgive his shortcomings and reward his good deeds in the life after,” he said.
“We played together at 3SC I can boldly say he was one of the best defenders Nigeria has ever had, his leadership qualities were never in doubt. He will be greatly missed”.
“Kunde contributed his quota to making Shooting Stars a team to reckon with both in Nigeria and the continent of Africa”.
The Bauchi state FA boss who doubles as the Super Eagles Coordinator said: “this is a monumental loss, not only to Shooting Stars but to the entire football fraternity in Nigeria”.
Recall, that Babalade was a member of the Bronze winning Super Eagles team to the 1992 Nations Cup in Senegal. He played for 3SC of Ibadan (later served as Team Manager of the Oluyole Warriors in 2008,), Stationery Stores of Lagos, Iwuayanwun Nationale of Owerri, Africa Sports of Cote de’ Ivoire, Strum Graz of Austria among other clubs.
He was aged 48.