Prince Tagoe

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Prince Tagoe
Tagoe with Bursaspor
Personal information
Full name Prince Tagoe
Date of birth (1986-11-09) 9 November 1986 (age 27)
Place of birth Accra, Ghana
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Kelantan FA
Number 28
Youth career
Tudu Mighty Jets
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2006 Midtjylland-Maamobi 32 (13)
2004–2005 Hearts of Oak (loan) 40 (21)
2006 Ittihad (loan) 30 (14)
2006–2007 Al Shabab 24 (10)
2007–2009 Ettifaq 30 (12)
2009–2011 1899 Hoffenheim 22 (3)
2011 Partizan (loan) 18 (12)
2011–2013 Bursaspor 28 (11)
2013 Ettifaq (loan) 28 (11)
2013 Club Africain 20 (8)
2014– Kelantan FA 19 (-3)
National team
2006–2013 Ghana 36 (7)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 24 April 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 24 April 2014

Prince Tagoe (born 9 November 1986) is a Ghanaian footballer who plays as a striker for Malaysia Super League team Kelantan FA.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Born in Accra, Tagoe began playing youth football with Tudu Mighty Jets.[1] He began playing senior football with Midtjylland-Maamobi in the lower national league.[2] While playing on loan for Hearts of Oak, Tagoe became the top goalscorer of the 2005 Ghana Premier League with 18 goals.[3] In January 2006, Tagoe was close to sign for Mainz 05, but the transfer failed,[4] and he moved to Saudi Arabian side Ittihad.[5] After six months, he moved to another Middle East country, this time to United Arab Emirates and signed for Al Shabab Al Arabi Club. This prompted Midtjylland-Maamobi to report Tagoe to FIFA as they believed the club had loaned him to Ittihad.[6] After a year and 10 league goals for Al Shabab, Tagoe returned to Saudi Arabia to play for Ettifaq. He spent two years with Ettifaq and also had a great effect during the 2009 AFC Champions League with 8 goals in 6 matches.[7]


On 9 June 2009, Tagoe signed a three-year contract with the Bundesliga side 1899 Hoffenheim,[8] but he was released from his contract on 1 August after only 51 days due to heart issues.[9] Tagoe's lawyer contested the dismissal as a second opinion did not yield evidence of a heart condition.[10] On 20 August, Tagoe was resigned to Hoffenheim after an announcement that his earlier release had contravened FIFA regulations.[11] Tagoe was originally unable to play in the Bundesliga as his playing license was revoked when it was revealed that the original documentation of his physical examinations had been faked.[12] As a result of the falsification of the data, Deutsche Fußball Liga requested further medical examinations in order to assess Tagoe's fitness.[13] On 21 October, DFL announced the health issue was not significant enough to warrant the cancellation of his contract and that the player could be in a position to have his license reinstated pending the results of the final test in December 2009.[14] This medical test showed that he was fit and had not a cardiac defect. On 11 January 2010, Tagoe had his playing license reinstated and was eligible to play for his club.[15]

Finally, on 30 January 2010, Tagoe made his debut for the club, coming on as an 82nd minute substitute for Boris Vukčević, in a league match versus Schalke 04. He scored his first goal for the club in the DFB-Pokal quarter-finals against Werder Bremen on 9 February. His first Bundesliga goals came on 1 May 2010 against Eintracht Frankfurt, when he came from the bench and scored a brace for a 2–1 away victory.

Loan to Partizan[edit]

On 31 January 2011, Tagoe joined Serbian club Partizan on loan until the end of the season, with a view to a permanent deal.[16] He marked his competitive debut scoring a brace in a league match against Inđija. Tagoe also scored a goal in the next two rounds against Hajduk Kula (away) and OFK Beograd (home). He continued his fantastic start for Partizan with two goals in the first leg of the Serbian Cup semi-final against cross-town rivals Crvena zvezda.[17] During his stint at Partizan, Tagoe scored 12 times (9 league and 3 cup goals), as the club win the double. Despite his good performances, Tagoe did not stay at the club.


On 1 September 2011, Tagoe signed a three-year deal with Turkish side Bursaspor. He scored his first goal for Bursa in a 1–1 draw against Orduspor on 26 October 2011. That was his only goal in 11 league appearances during the 2011–12 season.

In January 2013, he joined his former club Ettifaq, on a six-month loan.

Kelantan FA[edit]

In late April 2014, Tagoe was unveiled as Malaysia Super League Kelantan FA new signing, penning a six-month contract.[18] In early May 2014, it was said that he cannot play for Kelantan FA due to the non availability of his International Transfer Certificate (ITC) and going to be replaced by former Kelantan FA player Obinna Nwaneri who was replaced with him during the April transfer window. However, this was denied by Kelantan FA manager Azman Ibrahim who said that Kelantan FA are still hoping to use him in the Malaysia Super League and believe that the case can be solved and the supporter wish to see the former 2010 FIFA World Cup player to play with Kelantan FA can be fulfilled.[19][20] On 11 May 2014, the case has been solved and was confirmed by Kelantan FA president Annuar Musa through his Facebook account that Tagoe can play for Kelantan FA on 17 May 2014 against Perak FA.[21]

International career[edit]

Tagoe was called to the national team for the 2006 Africa Cup of Nations by the coach Ratomir Dujković. He only played a total of 49 minutes for his team which did not make it into the quarter-finals.

He was selected by the coach Milovan Rajevac as part of the final 23-man squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. He played in all three group matches, as a starter, but did not enter on the pitch in the knockout stage, where Ghana was eliminated by Uruguay in the quarter-finals.

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 1 June 2008 Baba Yara Stadium, Kumasi  Libya 1–0 3–0 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
2 22 June 2008 Ohene Djan Stadium, Accra  Gabon 1–0 2–0 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
3 11 February 2009 Cairo International Stadium, Cairo  Egypt 2–1 2–2 Friendly
4 29 March 2009 Baba Yara Stadium, Kumasi  Benin 1–0 1–0 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
5 5 September 2010 Somhlolo National Stadium, Lobamba  Swaziland 2–0 3–0 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
6 27 March 2011 Stade Alphonse Massemba-Débat, Brazzaville  Congo 1–0 3–0 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
7 3 June 2011 Baba Yara Stadium, Kumasi  Congo 2–0 3–1 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualification

Career statistics[edit]


Ghana national team
Year Apps Goals
2006 4 0
2007 1 0
2008 6 2
2009 5 2
2010 8 1
2011 8 2
2012 4 0
Total 36 7



Hearts of Oak



  1. ^ "Prince Tagoe donates to his former club Mighty Jets". 22 May 2010. Retrieved 24 April 2014. 
  2. ^ "Prince of goals ready to reign". 10 April 2006. Retrieved 24 April 2014. 
  3. ^ "Player to Watch: Prince of goals". 15 April 2006. Retrieved 6 February 2011. 
  4. ^ "Mainz lässt Tagoe-Transfer platzen" (in German). 31 January 2006. Retrieved 6 February 2011. 
  5. ^ "Ghana's Tagoe signs for Ittihad". BBC Sport. 31 January 2006. Retrieved 6 February 2011. 
  6. ^ "Prince Tagoe vows to clear name with Fifa". 31 August 2007. Retrieved 24 April 2014. 
  7. ^ "Tagoe scores to stay top in Asia". 29 May 2009. Retrieved 18 April 2011. 
  8. ^ "Prince Tagoe signs for Hoffenheim". BBC Sport. 9 June 2009. Retrieved 19 June 2010. 
  9. ^ "Hoffenheim kündigt Prince Tagoe" (in German). 12 August 2009. Retrieved 28 August 2010. 
  10. ^ "Tagoe dismisses Hoffenheim claims". BBC Sport. 16 August 2009. Retrieved 28 August 2010. 
  11. ^ "1899 hebt Kündigung auf" (in German). 20 August 2009. Retrieved 28 August 2010. 
  12. ^ "Tagoe-Anwalt scheitert mit Auskunftsklage" (in German). 11 September 2009. Retrieved 6 February 2011. 
  13. ^ "Hoffenheim striker Prince Tagoe to undergo new examination". 15 September 2009. Retrieved 15 September 2009. 
  14. ^ "Tagoe playing career on track". 21 October 2009. Retrieved 22 October 2009. 
  15. ^ "German FA restores Prince Tagoe's license". 22 December 2009. Retrieved 28 August 2010. 
  16. ^ "Tagoe i Vukić za ″duplu krunu″" (in Serbian). 31 January 2011. Retrieved 6 February 2011. 
  17. ^ "Tejgo srušio Zvezdu, Partizan pobedio sa 2:0!" (in Serbian). 16 March 2011. Retrieved 24 March 2011. 
  18. ^ "Tagoe officially outdoored by Kelantan FA". 25 April 2014. Retrieved 26 April 2014. 
  19. ^ "Kelantan struggling to field Prince Tagoe". 9 May 2014. Retrieved 12 May 2014. 
  20. ^ "Kelantan masih mengharap" (in Malaysian). 10 May 2014. Retrieved 12 May 2014. 
  21. ^ "Prince Tagoe bakal beraksi" (in Malaysian). 12 May 2014. Retrieved 12 May 2014. 

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