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Ghanaian Footballer, Junior Agogo, Dies At 40

Jayfred Ugo

Former Nottingham Forest and Ghana striker, Junior Agogo, has died in a London hospital after a protracted illness.

Agogo, who died at the age of 40 on Thursday, scored a dozen goals in 27 appearances for the Black Stars of Ghana.

The late Agogo came into limelight at the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), which Ghana hosted. He scored four goals in that tournament, the most famous being the second and winning goal in the quarter-final against Nigeria. Watch below:

Agogo, who spent his childhood in England, began his professional career in 1997 with English club, Sheffield. He could not stamp his authority on the team and was sent on strings of lower-league loan spells, which proved futile in preparing him for the main team.

He then moved to the Major League Soccer (M) where he became a regular for the Colorado Rapids and San Jose Earthquakes. He returned to England in 2002, playing for the Barnet and Bristol Rovers, before joining Nottingham Forest and helping them to move on to the championship. He ended his career with Hibernian in 2012, but three years later, in 2015, he was hit with a major stroke that left him physically impaired.

He has been struggling ever since before finally giving up the ghost in a hospital in England in the early hours of Thursday, August 22.