Nigeria Loses Former Goal Keeper. Former Nigeria goalkeeper, Raymond King passed away on Monday at the age of 52.
According to the deceased’s former teammate, Taju Disu, the former Abiola Babes keeper gave up the ghost at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja, following his transfer from the Ikorodu General Hospital.
Nigeria Loses Former Goal Keeper
Late King was last week reported to have been struck with partial stroke and memory loss, and was admitted at the State Hospital, Ijaye, Abeokuta, Ogun State.
“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 said.
“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.”
Late King, who was a native of Akwa Ibom State, worked with the Ogun State Sports Council.
He 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.
Late King also won the 1987 FA Cup title with the defunct Abiola Babes of Abeokuta. The deceased is reportedly survived by a wife and four children.