Former Black Stars player Junior Agogo dies at age 40

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Junior Agogo

Former Ghana international Junior Agogo has been confirmed dead in London.

The former Zamalek FC striker passed on in England at a hospital on Thursday.

He has been suffering stroke since 2015 and underwent rehabilitation two years ago.

Agogo could be remembered by most Ghanaians for his sterling performance for Ghana at the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations.

Profile

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 Ghana 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.

In total, Agogo scored 12 goals in 27 matches for the national team between 2006 and 2009.

After retiring, he opened his own small group and personal fitness training business.

Early life and education

Junior Agogo was born on 1 August 1979 in Accra, Ghana as one of 11 siblings. He attended the Ridge Church School in Accra, but before completing primary school, he moved with his family to the UK.

He subsequently returned to Ghana for three years, attending St Augustine’s College in Cape Coast.

He didn’t play on the football team at St Augustine’s College, but instead represented the school in dancing competitions.

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Source: kickgh

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