Ex-Ghana star Junior Agogo dies at age 40

Ghanian footballer Junior Agogo stands after the Cameroon versus Ghana semi-final on February 7, 2008 in Accra during the 2008 African Cup of Nations match. Cameroon won 1-0. AFP PHOTO / ABDELHAK SENNA (Photo credit should read ABDELHAK SENNA/AFP/Getty Images)

Ex-Ghana striker and 2008 Africa Cup of Nations poster boy Junior Agogo is reported dead at age 40, GHANASoccernet.com can exclusively report.

The leading football website can confirm that the former Zamalek player passed in London on Thursday morning.

Agogo was hospitalized in 2015 after suffering stroke which debilitated him.

He was remembered for his eye-catching performances for the Black Stars during the 2008 Nations Cup on home soil.

Manuel “Junior” Agogo was born on 1 August 1979.

He was a Ghanaian professional footballer who played as a striker.

He was born in Ghana but spent most of his childhood in the UK.

He then moved back to Ghana during his years in secondary school.

He began his youth career at Sheffield Wednesday in 1995, moving up to the senior squad in 1997.

He played for fifteen different clubs over the next fifteen years, before retiring from professional football in 2012.

He spent most of his playing career in England, with additional spells in the USA, Egypt, Cyprus and Scotland.

His longest spell was at Bristol Rovers (2003–06), where he made 140 appearances before moving to Nottingham Forest.

Agogo played for the Ghana national team between 2006 and 2009.

His three goals in the final stages of the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations helped Ghana to a third-place finish, adding to the three club honours he earned during his career.

Agogo scored a total of 143 goals during his professional football career.

After retiring, he opened his own small group and personal fitness training business.

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