Former Black Stars striker Prince Tagoe has finally opened up on how is dream move to Hoffenheim in 2009 nearly ended in tears over heart related issues.
Prince Tagoe in June 2009 signed a three-year contract with Bundesliga side Hoffenheim. Less than two months after the move, the center forward’s contract was cancelled and he was released by the club over heart related issues.
Tagoe’s lawyer contested the dismissal. After several tests, there was no evidence of a heart condition.
In August 2009, Tagoe resigned to Hoffenheim after an announcement that his earlier release had contravened FIFA regulations.
“I was told by Hoffenheim Doctors that I had a life-threatening heart problem which was hereditary. I was very surprised so I had to do my own private checks after calling my mum who said there was no such health issue in our family,” Tagoe stated on Max TV.
“After more tests, it came out that there was nothing wrong with me. I and my agent decided to sue the Hoffenheim because my contract was canceled. But then, the German FA came in with a private doctor for yet another test. After it came out negative again, my license was given to me to start playing and the coach of the club was sacked”.
Prince Tagoe featured in 22 games in all competitions for Hoffenheim, scoring 3 times. He was sent on loan to Partizan in January 2011. Tagoe finally left Hoffenheim in September 2011 to join Turkish side Bursaspor.