Nasarawa State commissioner for Youth and Sports Development, Hon. Othman Bala Adam has condoled with the minister of Youth and Sports development, Sunday Dare; government and people of Oyo State, and the entire Nigerian football fraternity over the demise of former Nigerian international and manager, Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) of Ibadan, Ajibade Babalade.
Babalade, 48, died last Friday while being rushed to the University College Hospital, Ibadan, Oyo State, due to repeated cardiac arrest.
Adam, in a condolence message issued yesterday, described the demise of the erstwhile Super Eagles defender as a huge loss and sad commentary to the entire football family in the country and beyond.
“I wish to extend our condolence to the minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare; commissioner for Youth and Sports Development, Oyo State, Engr Seun Fakorede; people of Oyo State and the entire Nigerian football fraternity over the shocking death of former Nigerian international and manager, Shooting Stars Sports Club(3SC) of Ibadan, Ajibade Babalade.
“The death of the 48-year-old erstwhile Super Eagles defender is a huge loss and sad commentary to the entire football family in the country and beyond, including the Nasarawa State people, especially those at the State’s ministry of Youth and Sports Development, who enjoyed the fond memories of the ‘no-nonsense defensive ace”.
Adam added that Babalade would be remembered for helping Nigeria to win bronze medal at the 1992 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Senegal; featuring for then domestic league giant, Stationery Stores of Lagos in 1990, before helping the 3SC of Ibadan to reach the final of the CAF Champions League in 1996.
The former lawmaker, while praying to God to grant Babalade eternal rest, urged the minister, family and friends of the deceased to take solace from the great legacies he left behind.