Junior Agogo’s Winner Against Nigeria At Can 2008 Is His Most Memorable

Posted On Tuesday, 30th April 2013

Junior Agogo goes off to celebrate late winner against Nigeria at CAN 2008

Junior Agogo goes off to celebrate late winner against Nigeria at CAN 2008

By Ameenu Shardow

Ghana striker Junior Agogo has revealed his winner against Nigeria at the 2008 Nations Cup is the most memorable goal in his career.

The Black Stars came from a goal down to beat the Super Eagles in an emotionally-packed quarter final game played at the Accra Sports Stadium on February 3, 2008.

Nigeria had taken the lead in the first half through a well converted penalty by striker Yakubu Ayigbeni.

Ghana however struck back on the stroke of halftime through Michael Essien to lighten up the mood in the stadium.

The Black Stars dominated the second half but were hit with the sending off of captain John Mensah with about 30 minutes left to play.

The Black Stars however managed to score the vital winner which came late through Agogo who tapped in at the far post off a cross-field short from Sulley Muntari.

That goal saw the tensed stadium break into wild jubilation with its then-leader John Kuffour as Ghana claimed yet another sweet victory over their perennial rivals to book a semi final spot in that tournament.

Agogo who is currently a free agent now says, that goal is top of his list of the most memorable goals he has scored in his career.

“Against Torquay, I went past a couple of defenders and chipped the keeper. However, my most memorable was against Nigeria (in 2008), playing for Ghana,” the burly striker said.

Ghana’s dream of winning a fifth Nations Cup crown however came crashing with a painful 1-0 defeat to Cameroon in the semi finals.

The Black Stars went on to win bronze in that tournament which served as only a consolation.

Watch video of Junior Agogo’s most memorable goal against Nigeria below:

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