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Junior Agogo Dead


Former Black Stars player Manuel ‘Junior’ Agogo has died at a hospital in London at the age of 40.

A family source confirmed his death to JoyNews yesterday but would not confirm the cause of death.

At 35, the former Nottingham Forest, Sheffield Wednesday striker suffered a stroke in January 2015.

He was featured in a 2017 BBC documentary titled Speechless where he revealed his struggles with speech.

He appeared to have fully recovered and was seen dancing in a video posted on Instagram in April 2019.

His followers celebrated his recovery and his dance moves while others urged him to cut back on smoking.

After playing lower league football in the UK, Agogo earned a call-up to the Black Stars in May 2006 and scored his first international goal in November in a friendly against Australia.

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

Born August 1, 1979, in Accra, Agogo spent much of his years in the UK.

With tributes pouring in from his country of birth, people in the various countries he played in and people he earned the admiration of, we take a look at five facts about Junior Agogo that will live long in the memory of most fans.

Agogo played for a host of clubs in England but he certainly enjoyed the most prolific period of his career with Bristol Rovers.

He scored scoring 41 times in 126 games for the club. he also contributed six assists during that time.

He then secured a move to Nottingham Forest in 2006, scoring 21 times in over 60 appearances.

Junior Agogo wasn’t one to stay at one place for too long and became quite the journeyman.

He played in Europe, North America and Africa over the course of his 12-year career

This included stints in England, with a host of clubs including Nottingham Forest, Barnet and Bristol Rovers

He also played In Egypt with Zamalek, in Scotland with Hibernian and in Cyprus with Apol. Limassol.

He spent some time in the MLS as well Chicago Fire, Colorado Rapids and the Quakes.

Not many players get to play over 300 games in their career but Junior Agogo was one of them.

He made 350 appearances throughout his club career.

Playing for a number of different clubs certainly helped but his quality was definitely realised by all the teams that signed him.

It was at Bristol where he truly found a home, playing over 100 times for the side.

But given the number of games he played, the number of teams he played for and the number of people who saw him play, there’s no doubt that cocky smile touched many lives.

Source: Citi Sports

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