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01.04.2005 Football News

Starlets To Tour Egypt, Senegal

By Graphic

GHANA'S national Under-17 football team will embark on a two-nation training tour to wind up preparation for the African Championship.

The Black Starlets will camp in Egypt and Senegal for a month for exposure ahead of their African junior football event.

The Starlets leave Accra tomorrow for Cairo, Egypt, for a three-week training tour in preparation for the Africa Under-17 Championship in May.

Coach David Duncan told Graphic that the tour has been arranged to expose the players to a tougher terrain ahead of the continental event in The Gambia.

“It is a welcome news that we have to play other sides whose styles are not familiar to ours,” Coach Duncan said.

“At least, we need it to test our strength, although the team is in an excellent shape.”

Coach Duncan said the Starlets would play some top clubs in the Egyptian league while in the North Africa country.

When they return, the Starlets will head off to Senegal for a one-week tour to acclimatise for the main event in The Gambia.

Although they are different countries, Senegal and The Gambia share similar climatic conditions.

The Starlets, alongside The Gambia, Burkina Faso and Mali will play in Group A at the African Championship. Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Cote d'Ivoire and South African form Group B.

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