Former Nigerian goalkeeper dies at 52

Raymond King, a former Nigerian goalkeeper is dead, aged 52, after suffering from partial stroke and memory loss.

The former Abiola Babes keeper who hailed from Akwa Ibom was treated at the State Hospital, Ijaye, Abeokuta, Ogun State but transferred to Ikorodu General Hospital when the situation was not improving.

According to his team mate, Taju Disu, who made the narratives, King gave up the ghost at the Lagos State Teaching Hospital, Ikeja, as he was referred there when previous hospitals could not handle his case.


Before King’s death, Disu explained that “the news got to the Lagos State Commissioner for Health; he directed that King should be taken to LASUTH for better treatment.”

“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 worked with Ogun State Sport Council, a member of Flying Eagles1979/80 set. He also played for Shooting Stars of Ibadan.

The former goalkeeper also has the record to have helped his team win second place in the 1984 African Champions Cup; won FA Cup in 1987 with Abiola Babes of Abeokuta.

Raymond King left wife and four children.

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