Junior Agogo: How Severe Stroke Cost Black Stars Striker Fluency In Speech


Remeber the former Ghana international Junior Agogo who was hit by a stroke after retiring from football? He recently granted his first official interview with BBC, since suffering the debilitating stroke two years ago.

Former Ghana international Manuel “Junior” who is now cared for by his mother appeared in the BBC Four documentary on Sunday, October 29, to raise awareness of Aphasia on World Stroke Day.

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Junior Agogo with his mother on the BBC programme

Speaking in a BBC Four documentary titled Speechless Junior revealed his troubles with speech following the illness which he says has left him lacking confidence and socially isolated.

The Guardian adds that though he talks well, Junior loses his thread -He sometimes runs in the park with his dog, but he is usually in his flat with his mother, or he stays in bed.

Junior has a lot of things he wants to do but cannot do them because of this challenge. He appears to have lost his self-confidence; He wants to be going somewhere but he cannot.

Junior Agogo who is now 38, suffered stroke at the age of 35 and two years after his stroke, he is still visiting the Neuro Rehab Unit of the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in London’s Queen Square as he battles to find his way in the world with depleted language.



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Junior Agogo

The Former Black Stars striker began his career with the Owls, playing three games for the then Premier League side between 1997 and 2000.

Agogo was a member of the Black Star squad that participated in 2008 African Cup of Nations which was hosted by Ghana. He enjoyed a cult following during his 27-game stint with the Black Stars of Ghana scoring 12 goals.

He went on to score over 100 career goals, his most notable spell coming with Bristol Rovers, for whom Agogo scored 45 goals in 140 games between 2003 and 2006.

He also helped Nottingham Forest to promotion from League One in 2007/2008, finishing as the club’s top goalscorer as they finished runners-up in the division.

Junior Agogo who granted his first official interview since suffering the debilitating stroke wants to help raise awareness of the condition, which affects around one in three stroke victims.