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09.03.2005 Football News

Black Stars to Camp in Kenya

By Nation (Nairobi)

The Ghana national football team will set up a training camp in Kenya to prepare for their World Cup/African Nations Cup qualifier against DR Congo.

According to the BBC Radio, the Black Stars will stay in Kenya for one week before travelling east for their qualifier on March 27.

The Kenya Football Federation acting chief operations officer, Patrick Naggi, said the Ghana team would be in the country between March 20 and 25.

Plans are underway for the Black Stars to meet Harambee Stars in a midweek build-up match

"We have written to their agents requesting to play their national team here and are awaiting their response," Naggi said.

Kenya are third in Group "E" with six points from four matches played while Ghana are second in Group "B" with eight points from five matches.

Harambee Stars coach Mohammed Kheri, who insisted on international friendly matches for Stars after getting appointed, is already assured of one build-up against Rwanda.

The two teams will clash on Saturday at Nyayo Stadium from 4pm.

Harambee Stars are currently in camp at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani for their World Cup/African Nations tie against Botswana on March 26 in Nairobi.

"We were meant to play Egypt on March 19. But this would have meant losing out on four days of training because of travelling, which we can ill afford," said Naggi. "We requested for the match to be played on March 11 but when the Rwanda offer came, we wrote to the Egyptian Football Association telling them to postpone the match to a later date," Naggi said.

Kheri for first time this week trained with a full squad of local-based players following the arrival of Tusker players.

Victor Onyango, Edward Mukenya, Patrick Osiako and Jeff Oyando had all been involved with the brewers on African Champions League assignment last weekend.

Team manager Elly Adero said the players would be available for Saturday's friendly against Rwanda.

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