Former Nigeria junior international Raymond King passed on following a period of illness.
According to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), the former goalkeeper died on New Year’s Day in Lagos.
He reportedly died at the age of 52.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of former Nigeria junior international goalkeeper, Raymond King who passed on yesterday evening in Lagos. May his soul rest in peace. #RIPRaymondKing,” the NFF stated on its Twitter account on Tuesday.
A former teammate and confidant of King, Tajudeen Disu, explained to supersport.com that the death of his friend remains a shock as he spent most of the last days of 2017 on his sick bed.
Disu said died on Monday after being transferred to different hospitals in the space of two to three days.
“I feel pained by his death,” Disu said. “He fought hard to stay alive, unfortunately he could not win the battle. Before his death, he got treatment in State Hospital, Abeokuta and later was transferred to the General Hospital in Ikorodu. The Lagos State Commissioner for Health then took up the matter and he was moved to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (Lasuth).
“But he gave up just before treatment was about to start,” stated Disu.
King played for Shooting Stars and defunct Abiola Babes and featured for the Nigeria under-20s in the late 1970s and early 1980s.supersport.com