Former Super Eagles goalie Raymond King who reportedly suffered partial stroke recently is dead.
King died on Monday despite ongoing efforts by the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) Ogun State Chapter in raising funds for his treatment.
King was a goalkeeper for the Flying Eagles between 1979 and 1980.
The former goalkeeper trainer for Gateway FC of Ogun State has been jobless since he was sacked by the club eight years ago for poor performance.
“Ogun SWAN is particularly sad, as the former Nigeria goalkeeper, gave up the ghost, about an hour after the association issued a press release, on his state of health and the need for urgent help for him to get out of hospital bed,” SWAN Secretary, Sanusi Lateef, said.
“The association sympathises with his family and prays to God to be with his family and give them fortitude to bear the irreparable loss. King has been on hospital bed, with partial stroke, since last week,” he stated.
“He was initially admitted at the Ogun State General Hospital Ijaye, Abeokuta, before he was taken to the General hospital in Ikorodu, Lagos State, from where Lagos State Government stepped in and transferred him to Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH),” he added.
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King was the no.1 choice at Shooting Stars Football Club of Ibadan, particular being in goal for the club during the then CAF African Cup Championship, in 1984, where Shooting Stars were runners-up to Zamalek of Egypt.
He moved from the Ibadan club to Abiola Babes FC and won 1987 FA Cup with Abiola babes. He has since lived in Abeokuta.