Sunday Dare, the Minister of Youth and Sports Development has described the death of former Super Eagles defender and 3SC legend, Ajibade Babalade, as a big loss not only to his family, but to the entire Nigerian football community.
The minister who gave his condolence in a statement signed by Mr John Joshua-Akanji, his Special Adviser (Media), on Sunday in Abuja. Mr Sunday Dare said stated that he was shocked and saddened by the sad news of the death of the former 3SC legend.
“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.
Popularly called Kunde during his playing days, he died on Friday at a hospital after a brief illness.
He was a member of the bronze winning Super Eagles team at the 1992 Nations Cup in Senegal.
Babalade played for 3SC FC of Ibadan, Stationery Stores FC of Lagos, Iwuayanwun Nationale FC of Owerri, Africa Sports of Cote de’ Ivoire, Strum Graz of Austria among other clubs.
He was aged 52.
May his gentle soul rest in peace