Organisers hope Ghana's new handball logo will promote the sport as they host the 2023 African Games ©Ghana Handball Association

Chief operating officer of next year's African Games, Emmanuel Owusu-Ansah, has pledged to help ensure Ghana’s handball team will be competitive in Accra.

Ghana first competed in the sport at the 1999 African Games in Johannesburg.

They won the bronze medal in the men’s event but have only appeared in two subsequent competitions.

The 2023 handball competition is set to take place at the Borteyman complex, set to be a multisport hub for the Games, due to take place between August 4 and 19. 

In the past, Ghanaian handball has been hindered by problems with infrastructure.

"That will be a thing of the past because the African Games hosting would require the construction of modern courts which are ongoing at Borteyman," Owusu-Ansah said.

"That would surely aid the growth of the sport and make you the best on the continent,"

Owusu-Ansah's promise comes as the Ghana Handball Federation (GHA) unveiled a new logo and social media platform to promote the sport.

"The purpose of this gathering is to rebrand Ghana handball and show to all the substance we are made of," GHA President Nii Lante Bannerman said. 

"Sports is no longer leisure, it has become big business and handball is no exception.

"This is the reason why we must work on the business side of it to make it attractive for the Government and the corporate sector especially."

Bannerman even suggested that handball could be developed as an alternative to football, where the national team known as the "Black Stars" appeared in the FIFA World Cup finals for the fourth time at this year's tournament in Qatar.

Angola's women have been a dominant force in African Games handball since 1991 ©Getty Images
Angola's women have been a dominant force in African Games handball since 1991 ©Getty Images

Handball has been part of the African Games since they were first established in 1965 in Brazzaville in Congo

Teams from North Africa have largely dominated the men’s competition until Rabat 2019, when Angola’s men took the gold medal, emulating their women’s team which had won all but one gold medal since Cairo 1991.