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Football | Ghana

Tagoe, Afum complete deals



Prince Tagoe has returned to his former stomping grounds in the Middle East, as Francis Dickoh also begins trials in Belgium. Samuel Afum is now a Young Boys player, too, as supersport.com wraps up the latest transfers of Ghanaians abroad.

The "Prince of Goals" Tagoe has started a 12 day training tour with Al Ettifaq, where he signed a six-month loan deal.

"My aim of coming back home is to get into the form that I showed in the past. I want to score more goals and ultimately get a place back in my national team," he said on Monday.

Tagoe flopped in the Turkish league with Bursaspor despite a highly publicized move two years ago, where he scored a goal in eleven games. The move back to Saudi Arabia is expected to increase his ratings as he eyes Europe again in the near future as well.

Now 26, Tagoe sparkled at Ettifaq in his first stint, following his departure from Hearts of Oak in Ghana, where he had been dominant in scoring especially in 2005. He was a mainstay in Black Stars teams of recent years, having made it to the 2010 World Cup and featuring in two African Cup of Nations events since 2006.

Afum 'the jet' is now Swiss

22 year old forward Samuel Afum is now on a three-and-half year contract for Swiss side Young Boys Bern. The fee was undisclosed, after the pacy player passed his medicals.

Afum is expected to be a hit in Switzerland, where he will stay until 2016. He is a direct response to the club's loss of Zambian forward Emmanuel Mayuka, who now plays for Southampton.

"We have been watching this player for some time and I think Afum is what we need," said coach Martin Rueda.

The move has been heralded for some time after his consistently good showings for FC Smouha - scoring 23 times in all competitions - in Egypt, where he earned the name "the jet."

Dickoh in Belgium

Francis Dickoh is on trials by Belgian top-flight Cercle Brugge, with the centre-back seeking to hold down a place in the second round of the season.

With the side in Portugal, the former Black Star is almost a year into clublessness, having ended a stint at Aris Thessaloniki in Greece last June.

The Danish born Ghanaian defender played for the Black Stars before, after, but not during World Cup 2006 and famously ripped into then coach Claude LeRoy for dropping him for the 2008 African Cup of Nations held in Ghana, despite good form for Utrecht at the time.

Alhassan joins Badu

As intimated by Supersport.com a fortnight ago, Udinese have finally completed the details for Masahudu Alhassan. In a co-ownership deal with Genoa, the player moves to a club with a tradition of producing good Ghanaian talent.

Asamoah Gyan, Agyemang-Badu, Kwadwo Asamoah are the more famous ones that come to mind, but Udinese has had several young Ghanaians passing through the ranks.

"I know the way Ghanaians do well here at Udinese and I am hoping to be one of the names to inspire others from here in the future," the 20 year old said at the weekend.

He was, as a left-back, part of Ghana's team that went to Gabon and Equatorial Guinea for the Nations Cup last year.

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