Former Black Stars Striker Junior Agogo has been reported dead in a London hospital on Thursday, 22 August 2019.
He was 40.
He has been battling stroke since 2015.
The former Zamalek player played for the Black Stars during the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) on home soil.
Manuel "Junior" Agogo (1 August 1979 – 22 August 2019) was a Ghanaian former professional footballer who played as a striker. He was born in Ghana but spent most of his childhood in the UK. He then moved back to Ghana during his years in secondary school. He began his youth career at Sheffield Wednesday in 1995, moving up to the senior squad in 1997. He played for fifteen different clubs over the next fifteen years, before retiring from professional football in 2012. He spent most of his playing career in England, with additional spells in the USA, Egypt, Cyprus and Scotland. His longest spell was at Bristol Rovers (2003–06), where he made 140 appearances before moving to Nottingham Forest.
Agogo played for the Ghana national team between 2006 and 2009. His three goals in the final stages of the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations helped Ghana to a third-place finish, adding to the three club honours he earned during his career. Agogo scored a total of 143 goals during his professional football career. After retiring, he opened his own small group and personal fitness training business.
Read below reactions from Ghanaians…
Michael Oti Adjei : “Junior Agogo's greatest moment in a Ghana jersey. Winner versus Nigeria in 2018 Afcon quarter final.”
Saddick Adams : “Come to think of it. Junior Agogo was a professional physical trainer. Stroke! SMH this life.”
Raman Osman : “Such awful news regarding Junior Agogo. He was such a bright light during my childhood and loved by many who crossed paths with him. Rest well mate”
Kafui Dey : “I remember landing in Addis Ababa in early 2008. Any time I told anyone I was from Gnana, the first thing they would say was "Agogo!" Junior Agogo was a great ambassador for the Black Stars and by extension Ghana. May his soul rest in peace.”