Former Black Stars forward Manuel Junior Agogo suffered a stroke about two years ago and since then, has been bedridded suffering from aphasia, a secondary condition developed from the stroke.
Aside immobility from the stroke, aphasia severely affects the ability to use language and consequently, Agogo finds it difficult to form even basic words.
On World Stroke Day, the BBC aired a documentary to raise awareness for aphasia and Agogo and his mum, who caters for him in her flat, spoke to the program.
The 38-year-old suffered the stroke in January 2015 soon after retiring from football, this subsequently led to Aphasia, which severely affects a person’s ability to use language.
The former Black Stars striker who is now cared for by his mother appeared in the BBC Four documentary on Sunday to raise awareness of Aphasia on World Stroke Day.
Agogo, who took Ghana to third place in the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations, was speaking for the first time since suffering the ailment and has since been assisted by his mother.
The former English Premier League footballer, talks well but loses his thread.
“I had thoughts but where is my voice man?” Junior Agogo sarcastically asks when conducting the interview.
Sometimes he runs in the park with his dog, but he is usually in his flat with his mother, or he stays in bed.
He appears to have lost his self-confidence. He wants to be going somewhere but he cannot.
Agogo, 38, wants to help raise awareness of the condition, which affects around one in three stroke victims.