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The chairman of the Local Black Stars management committee has defended the early camping for the team with their next major test scheduled in two months time

The chairman of the Local Black Stars management committee Fred Pappoe has defended the early camping for the team.

Twenty-six players are currently in camp at the Obuasi Len Clay Stadium ahead of a CHAN qualifier with Benin in the third week of June and some pundits have raised concerns about the rational behind the early camping with the qualifier two months away.

Despite the congested fixture schedules of most clubs in the Ghana Premier League, Pappoe believes they will meet their target of planned camping sessions to help meet the technical team’s target to improve team cohesion and build a solid side.

“We have a crucial qualifier against Benin in the third week of June so we’ll arrange three or more camping sessions ahead of the game,” Pappoe told Accra-based Joy FM.

He added: “We’ll look at the general programme of clubs in order to find slots so we can organise camping.

“They’re going into camp to train for about 12 days then they will go back to their respective clubs to fulfill their obligations with respect to the league and then the domestic and continental time table.

“We’ll have about two or three camping sessions before they go to Benin.”

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