Ex-Nottingham Forest and Ghana striker Manuel Junior Agogo died at the age of 40. Agogo was hospitalized in 2015 after suffering stroke which caused him to be bedridden.
The target man struggled to break into the first-team setup at Hillsborough after graduating from the Sheffield Wednesday academy, with various loan spells at lower league clubs preceding a permanent move MLS outfit Chicago Fire. He made his way back to England with a transfer to Queens Park Rangers in 2002, before stints at Forest and Bristol Rovers.
A stroke in 2015 saw a significant dip in his speaking abilities, with Agogo discussing the adversity he faced as a result in a BBC Four documentary two years later.
During his playing days, the forward was unfortunate to miss out on a place in Ghana’s 2006 World Cup squad. However, he grabbed his first goal for the Black Stars later that year, hitting the equalizer in a friendly with Australia.
That was the first of 12 strikes for his country, with his selection for the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations representing one of the striker’s finest achievements as a footballer.
Agogo amassed 20 goals in 64 league appearances for Forest helping the club secure second spot in League One and therefore promotion to the Championship in the same year he represented Ghana at AFCON.
REST IN PEACE MANUEL JUNIOR AGOGO… YOU WILL FOREVER REMAIN IN OUR HEARTS