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Prince Tagoe to lead Ghana attack

Prince Tagoe
Ghana striker Tagoe has been in good form for Partizan Belgrade

Striker Prince Tagoe is assured of winning back his preferred slot up front for Ghana, says Black Stars coach Goran Stevanovic.

The 24-year-old has scored three goals in his first two games for Serbian giants Partizan Belgrade.

Tagoe, who is joined Partizan on loan from Hoffenheim last month, was used as a midfielder at the World Cup in June.

With Asamoah Gyan suspended for Ghana's next game, Stevanovic wants to use Tagoe in his favourite position.

"Tagoe's good form is a massive boost for us ahead of our African Nations Cup qualifier at Congo on 27 March, especially because we will miss Asamoah Gyan through suspension," former Partizan and Yugoslavia midfielder Stevanovic said.

"But he has to keep working hard because every player in the Ghana squad has to earn his spot in the starting line-up and that's what I expect him to do."

Tagoe, who has scored five goals in 25 internationals, was on target in Partizan's 4-0 league win at Hajduk Kula on Wednesday after netting a brace in last weekend's 3-1 victory at Indjija.

Stevanovic, who will make his competitive debut as Ghana coach against Congo, said Tagoe would definitely start, while Partizan's other Ghanaian striker, Dominic Adiyiah, would be included in the squad.

The Ghanaians top Group I with four points from two matches, ahead of Sudan on goal difference.

Congo are third one point adrift of the leaders while Swaziland are bottom with no points from two games.

Tagoe, who scored just two goals in 18 appearances for Hoffenheim after he joined them in 2009, has quickly settled at Partizan.

He scored either side of halftime at Indjija and headed home an early opener at struggling Hajduk Kula to keep Partizan five points clear of city rivals Red Star, who they meet in the Cup semi-final first leg next Wednesday.

"The first impression is usually the most important and Tagoe has left a tremendous first impression, having shown that he will be a real bonus for Partizan in their bid to win the domestic double," Stevanovic said.

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see also
Ghana's Tagoe moves to Partizan
31 Jan 11 |  African
Tagoe returns to Hoffenheim
08 Dec 09 |  African
Tagoe dismisses Hoffenheim claims
16 Aug 09 |  African
Tagoe's contract cancelled
12 Aug 09 |  African
Prince Tagoe signs for Hoffenheim
09 Jun 09 |  African

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