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Tagoe reveals why he couldn't score during 2010 Fifa World Cup

3:06 PM GMT 16/03/2018
Prince Tagoe
The striker says he was always used out of his favourite position by Milovan Rajevac during the 2010 Fifa World Cup

Former Ghana international Prince Tagoe has lifted the lid on why he never found the back of the net during the Black Stars' participation in the 2010 Fifa World Cup held in South Africa.

The 31-year-old was handed a starting role in the group stage by coach Milovan Rajevac, however, he insists the Serbian manager assigned him to a specific position which prevented him from scoring.

“I was not getting the opportunity to play my natural role during that time and that resulted in not scoring goals at the World Cup," Tagoe told Kwese TV.

“This was because the first time I was called for the qualification, I played my natural role when Asamoah Gyan was injured and with Junior Agogo and Mathew Amoah around, I qualified Ghana to the World Cup with my only goal. That was the moment when I was scoring because I was playing as a typical striker.

"But because I have speed and I can tackle sometimes and also with Gyan coming on board, the coach decided that he will use me on the wings so that I can come back and help the right back so that there wouldn’t be gaps during our games," he said.

He added: "So I was not supposed to score at the World Cup with the role I was given. I was not even supposed to sometimes get into the goal area too much since I was to help with the build up and recovery.”

Tagoe, who is without a club after parting ways with Israeli top-flight Hapoel Bnei Lod, could not play part of Ghana's games in the knockout stages, but he featured 36 times for Ghana, scoring seven goals.