Today marks exactly a year the nation and especially local football-loving fans were thrown into a state of shock and mourning following news of the sudden demise of former Blacks Stars, Nottingham Forest and QPR striker Manuel Junior Agogo.
Agogo began his footballing career in England and played for Sheffield Wednesday, Oldham, Chester, Chesterfield and Lincoln before making a switch to the American MLS to play for Chicago Fire, Colorado Rapids and San Jose Earthquakes.
In 2002, Agogo made a return to the English premier league and joined Queens Park Rangers, quickly left for Barnet and eventually made a move to Bristol Rovers following an impressive form.
His prolific career also took him to teams like West Country Club, Nottingham Forest, Apollon Limassol in Cyprus and Hibernia in Scotland.
Junior Agogo was the darling boy for Ghana in the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations tournament that was co-hosted by Ghana and Nigeria. He scored three times in six games and helped the team finish third in the said competition.
Overall, he featured in 27 games for the Black Stars and scored 12 goals. He was strong on the ball with formidable agility which made defenders shudder whenever he had the ball in his possession. Agogo is primarily remembered for scoring the winning goal for the Black Stars in their AFCON game against arch-rivals Nigeria.
He suffered a stroke in 2015 which resulted in speech impairment and on August 22, 2019, he passed on. Tributes poured in from all quarters of the football world in remembrance of the iconic number 9 shirted player.