The last time Accra Hearts of Oak won a major trophy was in 2009 when they won the Premier league title.
Many have attributed the club’s failure to poor management, but Prince Tagoe believes it is due to the poor recruitment of players. He advised the team to go back to the drawing board and work properly on their recruitment strategies.
“They should consider dealing with real talents instead of thinking that if a player’s manager is financially okay, they should help push him,” he told TV3’s Juliet Bawuah.
“The scouting team needs to really up their game because a good player will come but because they came with no manager even if he is good, they will end up picking someone else and leave him.”
He added, “Talent is being overlooked, just look at Charles Taylor’s story. We have to go back to the days of recruiting even at the colts’ level and pick real talents.”
Comparing then Hearts of Oak team and now, he stated that former players gave their all because they loved the team wholeheartedly, he also added that the current team must unite and play as a team in other to replicate previous or past successes.
“Most of the players who have played for Hearts of Oak loved the team wholeheartedly.
“Previously, we travel across Africa to win titles but the recent ones find it difficult to do that. It is not because they are not good but they have to play as a team because traditionally, Accra Hearts of Oak is a family”, he added.
Prince Tagoe who featured for Hearts of Oak from 2004 to 2005 and was part of the team that won the CAF Confederations cup in 2004 also revealed his plans to play for Hearts of Oak once again before he says goodbye to football.
“Hearts is my club. I want to pay my respect to them. The current players can learn a few things from me.”
Prince Tagoe recently returned to Ghana after a short stint with Bangladesh side Chittagong Abahani Limited SC. He has previously featured for 1899 Hoffenheim, Bursaspor, Partizan, Al Shabab, Club Africain and a few others.
Prince Tagoe was loaned to Hearts of Oak in 2004, where he won the league and the Confederations cup, he also won the golden boot award that same season. A feat that earned him the nickname “Prince of goals”.