An East Legon-based real estate developer, Mark Washington Real Estates, has dragged former Black Stars forward Prince Tagoe to court over $155,000.
The plaintiff indicated in his statement of claim attached to a writ of summons filed at the Accra High Court that the defendant, Prince Tagoe, bought a house from him (Mark Washington) in 2010 at the cost $270,000, and the player made a part payment of $115,000.
According to the Real Estate Developer, the player had since failed to pay the outstanding $115,000 for the house described as H/no 2B at Trinity, East Legon.
Ironically, the striker had rather lodged a formal complaint with the Police that the Real Estate Managing Director owed him (Tagoe) without stating the exact amount involved.
A close confidant and a father figure to the player, Alhaji Brimah aka Alhaji Hearts, in a telephone interview, confirmed the story saying, “It is true that the he bought the house from the agent, who sells houses to players. He is called Washington.
“The real story is, the houses are five but Prince told him he can only pay for four because he said his career was not as before.
“The agent agreed but insisted that he will deduct the price of the rejected one, which angered the player to report the matter to the police.
“Washington later called me that he wants to meet with us to settle the matter. You can tell him I, Alhaji Hearts told you this,” Alhaji Hearts said.
Tagoe, 28, left the shores of this country in 2005 as the top flight league top scorer, hitting the back of the net 18 times for Saudi Arabia side Ittihad.
The former Accra Hearts of Oak striker returned to Saudi Arabia after a six months spell with Ettifaq before moving to Bundesliga side Hoffenheim, where he failed to shine.
He later played in the Serbian league scoring 12 goals, and moved on to the Turkish league where he struggled to find the net.
Currently, he has put pen to paper on a short-term loan with an Israeli second tier side Hapoel Bnei Lod.