Ajibade Babalade: Nigeria Mourns Death of 1992 AFCON Defender

Nigeria is mourning the death of former National team star Ajibade Kunde Babalade.

Born March 29, 1972, the defender passed away on Friday, September 4 2020 in Abidan, Nigeria.

“We are sad to announce the shock demise of former Nigeria Super Eagles defender Ajibade Babalade,”

Nigeria Football Federation tweeted.

“Babalade died of cardiac arrest today in Ibadan. May his gentle soul Rest In Peace. Our prayers are with his family.”

The defender was part of the Nigeria Super Eagles team that played at the 1992 AFCON in Senegal.

He is the latest from the 1992 squad to pass away including Rashid Yekini who died in 1992.

The team, coached by Clemes Westerhoff then, had the likes of Stephen Keshi, George Finidi, Viktor Ikpeba and Samson Sia Sia among others.

In 1992 AFCON, Nigeria lost 2-1 to Ghana in the semis before beating Cameroon’s Indomitable Lions by the same scoreline in the third place match.

At the time of his death, Babalade had played for Stationery Stores before stints abroad with Sturm Graz (Austria) and Mohun Bagan (India).

In related developments, Nigeria have arranged two friendly matches against Ivory Coast and Tunisia in Austria in October this year.

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