Tributes have continued to pour in for the late ex-Nigeria junior international Raymond King who passed on late Monday following a period of illness.
Dr. Kweku Tando, said it was so sad to learn of King’s death. “May his soul rest in peace and May God grant his family succour at this time.”
Veteran journalist Ikeddy Isiguzo in reacting to the demise of King said; “May the Almighty grant him rest. Thanks to everyone for rallying to rescue him.” Another journalist, Jenkins Alumona recalls that the late King was in the same school with him. “Raymond was my school goalkeeper two years before I entered the school. He visited oncewhen I was in Class 1. I will never forget that day. It was like the president was visiting. It is well, it is well.”
Former Shooting Stars General Manager, Taiwo Ogunjobi could only add, “Adieu Ramoni Oba, May his soul rest in peace.”
Raymond King 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.
“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.