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Former Nigerian goalkeeper dies at 52

by Family Center

Nigeria former goalkeeper, Raymond King has died on Monday at the age of 52.

Confirming his death, King’s former team mate, Taju Disu, dsiclosed that the former Abiola Babes keeper was previously hospitalized in Ikorodu General Hospital before he was transferred to Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja where he died.

Last week, King was reported to be down with a partial stroke and loss of memory after he was initially admitted at the state hospital in Ijaye, Abeokuta Ogun state.


Kings’s team mate Disu narrates.
“He was transferred from the State Hospital, Abeokuta to Ikorodu General Hospital yesterday (Sunday, December 31st) 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,”.

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“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.”

The late footballer was part of the 1979/80 Flying Eagles and he played for Shooting Stars of Ibadan, who he helped secure a second place finish in the African Champions Cup in 1984.

King posed for a picture in his goalie’s golf

He also won the 1987 FA Cup title with the defunct Abiola Babes of Abeokuta. Report gathered reveals that he is survived by a wife and four children.

King hailed from Akwa Ibom State. Until his death he worked with the Ogun State Sports Council.

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