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Babalade’s death, a huge loss to Football Fraternity – Youth and Sports Minister 

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By Oluwakemi Ishola 
The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare has described the  death of exSuper Eagles  defender Ajibade Babalade as a huge loss to not just his family, but the entire  Nigerian football fraternity. 

The Minister  said  he was  shocked  and saddened  by the news of the demise of  the former 3SC defender” I received  with shock and  sadness  in my heart the news of  the death of one  of Nigeria’s  most hardworking  and dedicated players, Ajibade Babalade who served the   country  and his  profession well. He played such a prominent role in his active playing days.  He was a nightmare  to attackers and a Trojan  in the heart of the Eagles  defence. So sad that he died shortly after the death of another national team player.  My thoughts  and prayers are with his family and  the entire football family. May God grant  him eternal peace  and console his family, ” the Minister  said in a statement.
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Kunde as he was popularly called in his playing days reportedly died of cardiac arrest  on Friday September 4th  2020 after he was taken to the hospital  in Ibadan.
He was a member of the Bronze winning Super Eagles  team to the 1992 Nations cup in Senegal. He played for 3SC of Ibadan,  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.
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