Former Super Eagles defender, Ajibade Babalade (48) has died of cardiac arrest on Friday at the entrance to the University College Hospital (UCH) in Ibadan.
He gave up the ghost while being rushed to the UCH according to a close family friend.
The family source revealed that: “I can confirm to you that he died from cardiac arrest around 11am today,” the source said. He was the one that drove himself to the hospital yesterday that he was not feeling too good.
On getting to the hospital, after taking his vitals, the doctor told him he had to be admitted because of his blood pressure, which was high. And it was what the medical personnels in the hospital was trying to work on.
“Until this morning, when the boy that stayed with him in the hospital saw the way he was breathing, he had to call his elder brother who rushed down to the hospital to see for himself.
“It was the elder brother that now called for his immediate discharge and referral to UCH. It was at the entrance to UCH that he breathe his last.
“I feel so pained that my friend is gone. I am heartbroken and devastated. Just yesterday here, he still posted his first son’s picture on his Facebook to wish him happy birthday.
May his soul Rest In Peace.”
He is survived by a wife and three children, who all are based in the United States.
The tall, dark and lanky defender started his professional career at Stationery Stores of Lagos state in 1990, before joining 3SC and helping the Oluyole Warriors to the tournament of the CAF Champions in League in 1996.
He also played for Ivorian side, African Sports, Anyang LG Cheetahs (Korea), SK Sturm Graz (Austria), and Indian club Mohun Bagan AC.
In October 2008, Babalade was named as manager of the Shooting Stars FC.