Former Ghana striker, Manuel Junior Agogo has passed away after a long battle with Stroke.
Reports from London, where Agogo has been living for most part of his life, have confirmed the sad event that occurred on the morning of Thursday, 22nd August 2019.
Agogo represented Ghana, his country of birth, from 2006 to 2009 and was a popular figure in his favorite number 9 shirt.
He first made his debut for Ghana in 2006, in a friendly against OGC Nice ahead of Ghana’s maiden appearance at the world cup in Germany.
Unfortunately, he couldn’t make the 23-man squad for that world cup. He made his return to the Stars that same year and scored his first goal for Ghana, an equaliser in a friendly against Australia
He was then a major feature in the Stars from then onwards as he continued to put in successive impressive performances.
He also scored in Ghana’s high profile friendly against Nigeria at Brentford in 2007.
In 2008, Agogo was called up to Ghana’s 23-man squad ahead of the CAN 2008 AFCON. It was at this tournament that Agogo became a household name in Ghana.
His 3 goals made him Ghana’s top scorer at the tournament as Ghana beat Cote D’Ivoire to finish 3rd in the tournament.
In total, he played 27 times for Ghana, scoring 12 times.
At club level, Agogo played for 15 different clubs across England,Scotland, USA, Cyprus and Egypt.
His longest spell, however, was with Bristol Rovers where he spent 3 years between 2003-2006. He retired from the game in 2012 having made 305 club appearances and scoring 113 goals.
In 2015, Manuel Junior Agogo was diagnosed with Stroke after he collapsed in his home. He lived with it for 4 years until his untimely death in August 2019.
Manuel Junior Agogo was an old fashioned CF, who was known for his immense upper body strength and his efficiency.
He will be remembered as a fine gentleman on the pitch and a true Black Stars great.