Former goalkeeper of the Flying Eagles, Raymond King, has passed on at the age of 52.
Before his death on Monday, King was suffering from partial stroke and memory loss.
The deceased was a goalkeeper trainer for Gateway FC of Ogun State, but his appointment was terminated alongside other technical crew members of the club, following poor performances. He has since remained jobless over eight years after the sack.
King was a goalkeeper for the Flying Eagles between 1979 and 1980.
“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,” Sports Writers Association of Nigeria 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.
He said efforts were on to transfer him to the University of Lagos Teaching Hospital before he died.