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Former Ghanaian striker Junior Agogo dies in London after long battle with stroke

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Former striker of the Ghanian Black Stars, Junior Agogo is dead. Junior Agogo was reported to have died at the early hours of today at the age of 40. According to GhanaWeb, the former Zamalek FC striker passed on at a hospital in England after a prolonged battle with stroke

The Ghanaian footballer was first hospitalized in 2015 after suffering a major stroke which debilitated him. In April 2019, the striker revealed that he could no longer write with his right hand, a condition which seems to be going worse despite being treated

Agogo who featured for Ghana at the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations made 27 appearances for his country and scored 12 goals. The 40-year-old also played for the likes of Nottingham Forest, Zamalek, Sheffield Wednesday, Queens Park Ranger and Chicago Fire among other clubs.

Agogo sealed his place in the hearts of Ghana fans with his performances at the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations where he scored three goals including a late winner against Nigeria in Accra.

“I think that was the goal that sealed his popularity in Ghana,” Laryea Kingston, the former Hearts midfielder said. “During the tournament, we could feel his influence in the team grow and his popularity goes up but that goal sealed everything.”

Despite playing alongside big names like Michael Essien and Asamoah Gyan, Agogo was the team’s star man.

“A lot of fans didn’t know but those of us in the team knew he was going to be good for us,” Kingston added.

“He spent a lot of time in the gym and his strength reflected in the way he played. He simply wanted to score goals and make a mark for the team and I am glad he did.

“He had a word for everyone, enjoyed a good dance, could tease a lot and take it too. This has really hit a lot of us.”

His former clubs were among those to pay tribute on social media.

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