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Popular Nigerian goal keeper Raymond King Is Dead
The Nigerian football community has received with shock, the loss of
an ex- international goalkeeper. The Akwa Ibom State born Nigerian
goalkeeper who made a name for himself between the sticks passed away
after battling stroke, in Lagos.
Raymond King died on Monday at the age of 52. According to King’s
former teammate, Taju Disu, the former Abiola Babes keeper died at the
Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja, after he was
transferred from the Ikorodu General Hospital.
King was last week reported to be down with partial stroke and memory
loss, and was initially admitted at the State Hospital, Ijaye, Abeokuta,
Disu said King was taken to the Ikorodu General Hospital after his
health was not improving. He was later referred from there to LASUTH,
Ikeja, where he gave up the ghost.
“He was transferred from the State Hospital, Abeokuta to Ikorodu General
Hospital yesterday (Sunday) when his condition was not improving. The
news got to the Lagos State Commissioner for Health; he directed that
King should be taken to LASUTH for better treatment,” Disu told our
correspondent on the telephone.
“On Monday evening, he got to LASUTH but we were initially told that
there was no electricity to commence treatment. But when they eventually
set up their equipment to treat him, he was already struggling to
breathe and he later died.
“Raymond was part of us and we tried to get the best of treatment for him but he has left us.”
King, who hailed from Akwa Ibom State, worked with the Ogun State Sports Council.
King was a member of the 1979/80 Flying Eagles and he played for
Shooting Stars of Ibadan, who he helped to a second place finish in the
African Champions Cup in 1984.
He also won the 1987 FA Cup title with the defunct Abiola Babes of
Abeokuta. He is said to be survived by a wife and four children.