Former Black Stars striker, Manuel ‘Junior’ Agogo, has reportedly lost his long battle with illness this morning, and has passed on in London, aged 40.
Ghanaian sports website, Ghanasoccernet broke the sad news Thursday morning.
Very much the star-man of the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations tournament in Ghana, Agogo went down with stroke in December 2014- two years after retiring from football- left him unable move or speak and hospitalized for two months .
Agogo’s condition looked improved in 2017 where he revealed in a BBC Four documentary titled Speechless that his alphasia or speech impairment was as a result of the agonizing stroke he had suffered.
The former Bristol Rovers and Zamalek star looked to have made an impressive recovery in April this year after a video post on social media showed him opening up about his incapacitation, and how he still had difficulty moving and controlling his right hand.
Agogo scored 12 goals in 27 appearances for the Ghana national team, and became an instant fan-favourite following his winner against Nigeria Ghana in the 2008 African Cup of Nations quarter-final.
He spent most of his playing career in England, with additional spells in the USA, Egypt, Cyprus and Scotland.