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GFA explains choosing Kenya as camping base

Published on: 24 March 2011

The Ghana Football Association has explained the rationale behind national teams camping in Kenya ahead of major assignments.

The Black Stars have chosen to train in Nairobi before playing Congo in a Nations Cup qualifier this Sunday and a trip to England on 29 May.

GFA vice president and chairman of the Black Stars management committee Fred Pappoe claims the East African country is a good place for acclimitazation with its good weather conditions.

"our senior and junior teams have been camping in the country, basically Kenya offers a lot of opportunities for acclimatization and good weather conditions especially for our engagements in the eastern and southern parts of Africa and that’s why we find it practical and prudent to pitch camp in Kenya," Pappoe told

"Apart from that, we have the benefit of good facilities in Kenya like good training pitches, hotels and local transport for the team and we find it easy and convenient for the players to converge from their bases as we move to other points while also feeling at home with the people we feel are our siblings."

In Janaury, the local Black Stars prepared for two-weeks before leaving for the just ended African Nations Championship in Sudan.

Ghana's Under-20 also camped in Kenya en route to winning the 2009 African Youth Championship in Rwanda.

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