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Former Nigerian Goalkeeper Raymond King Dies At 52

A former goalkeeper with the Flying Eagles Raymond King, is dead.


Raymond reportedly passed on Monday after suffering a partial stroke which lasted for some days.


The Sports Writers Association of Nigeria, SWAN, Ogun State Chapter, were reportedly trying to raise some funds for his treatment before he died.


Raymond was a goalkeeper trainer for Gateway FC of Ogun State, he was however sacked alongside other technical crew members of the club, due to poor performances. Since his appointment was terminated 8-years ago, Raymond remained jobless.


King was a goalkeeper for the Flying Eagles between 1979 and 1980.


SWAN Secretary, Sanusi Lateef, said;


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.


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 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 said efforts were on to transfer him to the University of Lagos Teaching Hospital before he died.


Chairman of the Nigeria Football Federation, Ogun State Chapter, Ganiyu Majekodunmi, confirming the incident bemoaned the loss. He said he got to know about King’s ailment and admission after his demise.

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