Ex-Ghana Striker, Junior Agogo, Dies

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Former Black Stars of Ghana striker, Junior Agogo, has passed away aged 40.

According to reports in Ghana, he died in London on Thursday morning.

The Ghanaian striker suffered a stroke back in 2015 which left him debilitated just two years after retiring from playing.

He scored the late winner as a 10-man Ghana  side came from a goal down to beat the Super Eagles of Nigeria 2-1 in the quarter-final of the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations, in Ghana. 

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Reacting to the news, Agogo’s agent, Saif Rubie tweeted: “Just heard the news that one of my first clients ever Junior Agogo has passed away. Still can’t believe it. One of my proudest moments in football is seeing him smash the AFCON in Ghana.”

In 2017, Agogo opened up on his health problems in an emotional BBC interview called “Speechless”, discussing his battle to regain his speech.

“I was running with my dog. I was coming back home. I was near the Marriott Hotel and the stroke happened,” he said.

“When I woke up I was in hospital with my mum. I couldn’t speak. I was in a bad way.

“I had thoughts, but I was like where is my voice. I was baffled, man.”

He started his career with Sheffield Wednesday during their time in the Premier League, making two appearances for the club, before a stint in the United States.

He returned to England with QPR in 2002 then moved to Barnet, bagging 19 goals in 39 games to earna  move to Bristol Rovers.

It was with Rovers that he starred with over 40 goals across three seasons, earning his move to Forest and firing them into the Championship.

He scored 13 goals as they earned promotion to the Championship from League One before being sold to Zamalek in 2008.

He finished his career in Scotland, being signed by former Forest boss Colin Calderwood at Hibernian on a one-year deal in July 2011.

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