Former Ghana international striker Manuel Junior Agogo has died aged 40, the Ghana Football Association confirmed on Thursday.
“On behalf of the Ghanaian football fraternity, we extend our sincere condolences to the family of our Black Star, Junior Agogo. May his soul Rest In Peace,” a statement on the Ghana FA’s official Twitter account read in part.
Agogo played for English sides Nottingham Forest, Sheffield Wednesday and Bristol Rovers. The latter club was where he made a name for himself netting 40 goals in a three-season spell.
In 2006, Agogo also notably helped Nottingham Forest win promotion to the Football League Championship, the second-tier league of English football.
Internationally, Agogo won 27 caps for Ghana scoring more than 10 goals and represented the Black Stars at the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations.
Agogo’s playing career ended at Scottish club Hibernian in 2012. He had also previously played for clubs in the United States, Cyprus and Egypt.
Agogo suffered a stroke in 2015 leaving him in a greatly weakened state and struggling with his speech.
His former clubs took to social media in the aftermath of his death to pay tribute to him.
💚| We were saddened to learn of the passing of our former striker Junior Agogo, who was a popular figure during his short time at Easter Road.
Our thoughts are naturally with his family and friends at this difficult time.
His memory marches on. pic.twitter.com/detyeuCkGy
— Hibernian FC (@HibernianFC) August 22, 2019
Sheffield Wednesday are saddened to learn of the passing of our former player Junior Agogo.
Our thoughts are with Junior's family and friends at this very difficult time. RIP pic.twitter.com/4AHHSuPw8M
— Sheffield Wednesday (@swfc) August 22, 2019
Rest in peace, Junior ❤️
#NFFC are saddened to learn that former striker Junior Agogo has passed away.
The thoughts of everyone at the club are with Junior’s family and friends at this sad time. pic.twitter.com/0t8wlpnEW1
— Nottingham Forest FC (@NFFC) August 22, 2019