ACCRA – DailyAfrika’s Sports desk has discovered that former Ghana international striker Junior Agogo has passed away at the age of 40 whilst in the United Kingdom.
The former Black Stars, Nottingham Forest, and Bristol Rovers striker passed on Thursday as reports indicate.
Having launched his football career at Sheffield Wednesday in England, he went on to play 27 times for his country and found the back of the net on 12 occasions.
“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,” former Hearts of Oak midfielder Laryea Kingston told the BBC Sport.
“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.”
Agogo finished his career at Hibernian in 2012 after having spells in the United States, Cyprus, and in Egypt.
In addition, the burly forward would suffer a stroke in 2015, leading to struggles with his speech afterwards.
It is reported that the big forward was a darling to Ghanaian fans following his fine display during the 2008 CAF Africa Cup of Nations tournament 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,” continued Kingston.
“During the tournament, we could feel his influence in the team grow and his popularity went up but that goal sealed everything.
“A lot of fans didn’t know but those of us in the team knew he was going to be good for us.”
Despite playing alongside big names like Michael Essien and Asamoah Gyan, Agogo was one of the team’s most influential players.
Following the shocking news of his passing, former clubs and former teammates continue to send messages of condolences from all corners of the globe.