It has now been revealed that an hospital in Ibadan on Friday failed to attend to former Super Eagles defender, Ajibade Babalade and left him to die of cardiac arrest.
Babalade was aged 48.
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) confirmed his death on Twitter.
“We are sad to announce the shock demise of former @NGSuperEagles defender Ajibade Babalade. Babalade died of cardiac arrest today in Ibadan. May his gentle soul Rest In Peace. Our prayers are with his family,” the tweet read.
Ajibade Babalade’s former teammate in the Super Eagles, Ike Shorunmu told PUNCH that Ajibade was denied treatment by a private hospital he was taken to before he was referred to UCH.
“The first hospital he was rushed to in Ibadan, he was rejected by the doctors and referred to the University College Hospital. But on his arrival at the UCH premises, he gave up the ghost at the gate. May his soul rest in peace,” Shorunmu said.
Ajibade featured for the Super Eagles in their third-placing Senegal ’92 outing.
Ajibade who was named team manager of Shooting Stars in 2008 is survived by a wife and three children based in the United States.