Ex-Black Stars striker Prince Tagoe has finally discussed how his move to German Bundesliga outfit Hoffenheim nearly broke down after a “fake” heart-related issue.
The pacy attacker finally had the chance to realize his dream transfer move to a German side in 2009, but saw his contract terminated 51 days after signing over cardiac related issues which the club announced after routine medical test
However, Tagoe’s lawyer fiercely contested the contract abrogation by forcing a second professional opinion.
Following series of phone calls back home to find out from his parents if there was hereditary linkage with his current problem, the player was confident in his mind that he would be cleared.
Speaking to Yaw Ampofo Ankrah on Black Stars Classics on Max TV, gave a vivid and touching account of how he went through one of the darkest moments of his career to get back on the field.
“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.”
The former Hearts of Oak striker was directed to a heart specialist who was regarded as one of the best in that field.
“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 cancelled. But then, the German FA came in with a private doctor for yet another test. After it came out negative again, my licence was given to me to start playing and the coach of the club was sacked.”
The 33-year-old finally opened up after a decade of silence having played for Partizan Belgrade, Bursaspor and host of other clubs