Disu, Esin Mourn As Raymond King Dies After Failure To Overcome Stroke Attack
Ex-internationals, Tajudeen Disu and Etim Esin have mourned the death of former Abiola Babes goalkeeper, Raymond King who died in Lagos on New Year day following his inability to overcome stroke attack.
King, 52, was confirmed dead at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) just before adequate treatment was about to be given to him. According to ex-teammate Disu, late Raymond King was receiving treatment at the General Hospital in Ikorodu a week ago, but his condition later got worsened.
“The Lagos State Commissioner for Health (Olajide Idris) got the news late, and when the news reached him he immediately directed he (King) should be taken to LASUTH from Ikorodu, he only got there on Monday evening he got there as LASUTH told us initially there was no power supply to commence treatment, even there was no fuel to run the generator.
“But when everything was finally put in order to commence the treatment he was already gasping for air and by that time there was nothing anybody could as he later passed on. It is a sad development,” Disu lamented after his death.
In his own reaction former Super Eagles midfielder, Etim Esin (popularly called African Maradona during his playing days) narrated his experience before hearing about King’s death.
“I called Taju Disu, he said they’ve moved Raymond king to Lagos, trying to set up an account for assistance, I also called player’s union Austin Popo his line wasn’t going, Raymond king is my brother from Akwa Ibom, call the sports commissioner Monday in Uyo he didn’t answer, I send him a text message no response, this country my people, our heroes past shall never be in vain ours is opposite, God help us all, this tight period,” angry Esin wrote.
Late Ramoni Oba (interpreted Raymond King) originally hailed from Akwa Ibom State but worked briefly with the Ogun State Sports Council. He played for clubs like defunt Abiola Babes, Shooting Stars of Ibadan, among others. He was also a member of the 1979/80 Flying Eagles squad.
He is survived by four children from two women. One of the wives (although later got separated) Oluseyi King offered to stay by Raymond at the dying state, but the soccer legend failed to survive the attack in the long run.