Ghanaian forward Prince Tagoe believes his former club Hearts of Oak must go back to the drawing board on how to properly recruit talents.
The former Phobian striker said players with talent are not given the push they need to succeed; instead, opportunity is given to players whose managers are financially sound.
He made this known in an interview with TV3’s Juliet Bawuah.
“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 said.
“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.”
Citing the team’s former player Charles Taylor as an example, he said Hearts of Oak can do better when recruiting players.
“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 the Phobian team then and now, he said the former players gave their all to win trophies, adding that the current crop of players will have to unite in order to do that.
“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 that before he retires from football, he would love to play again for Hearts of Oak.
“Hearts is my club. I want to pay my respect to them. The current players can learn a few things from me.”
Prince Tagoe was loaned to Hearts of Oak in 2005 and by the end of the season, he was the top scorer of the Ghana Premier League with 18 goals, earning him the nickname ‘The Prince of Goals’.
By Sakyibea Ofori|Contributor|Ghana