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Ex- international Raymond King is dead
Former Nigeria goalkeeper, Raymond King has passed on after suffering from partial stroke for more than a week.
His death was made known in a statement signed by the Secretary, Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), Ogun Chapter, Mr Sanusi Lateef, on Monday, in Abeokuta.
SWAN in the statement said that the death of King was sad and unfortunate.
“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 pray to God to be with them give them the 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 transfered him to Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH).
“Efforts were on to transfer him to the University of Lagos teaching hospital, before he gave up the ghost.
“He was part of the Nigeria Flying Eagles between 1979 and 1980.
“He made his mark with 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 was runners-up to Zamalek of Egypt.
He moved from the Ibadan club to Abiola babes and won 1987 FA Cup with Abiola babes.
He was at some point the goalkeepers trainer of Gateway Football Club of Ogun State.