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Former Nigeria defender Ajibade Babalade passed away on Friday, 4 September 2020 after suffering a cardiac arrest en route to a hospital in Ibadan, South Western part of the West African country.

A member of the bronze winning Super Eagles squad at the 1992 Africa Cup of Nations in Senegal, the 48-year-old made name with strings of clubs on the Nigerian domestic scene including Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC), Stationery Stores and Iwuanyanwu Nationale.

Babalade helped 3SC to win the inaugural edition of the defunct CAF Cup in 1992, before tasting defeat four years later against Egyptian side Zamalek in the final of the 1996 African Cup of Champions Clubs (now CAF Champions League).

He also had stints with Africa Sports (Cote d’Ivoire), Strum Graz (Austria), FC Seoul (Korea Republic) amd Mohun Bagan AC (India).

Source: CAF

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