President of the Greater Accra Handball Association, Paul Kofi Yesu Dadzie has told the media that they want to put Ghana Handball on a different level in the World.
The Association, whose league is very vibrant, has seen a rise in a number of participation this season.
The league which has a blend of security and civilian teams enters the 2018 season in March after their AGM in February. El Wak Wings and Airforce (returnees) have increased the total number of participating teams to 13 and 11 for both male and female categories respectively.
Ghana is yet to get to the level where they can be able to participate in the African Cup of nations since they have failed to participate in any Youth Championship or Club Championship for some time now.
Paul Kofi Yesu Dadzie, who was speaking after their AGM earlier this month believes, the teams are joining because of their branding. He also believes that other regional programs can help take Ghana Handball to where it should be.
“As the days go by, we still have teams that are coming into the program. One team popped up that they have seen what is going on and want to be part. It tells you what GAHA is doing. We want to put handball in a different level. And no matter the difficulties that we go through, we will always push further to make sure that Handball will move to the level that everybody Ghanaian will say ‘Yes, it is GAHA and the other regions that are pushing for handball to get to that level’”.
Ghana Handball Association can, however, rely heavily on the Greater Accra Handball Association and other regional Associations to get players for championships that will get them to the African stage.
The Presec Legon Senior Housemaster likened Ghana to Tunisia, expressing his optimism about Ghana achieving the same feat on the continent as well.
“Tunisia went to Gabon to win the African Cup of nations; they have been there for 19 times and won it 10 times. We want Ghana to go out there; we want our name to be registered when it comes to the African Cup of nations and other Novelties and not only going for invitational tournaments.”
Currently, apart from the GAHA league and other tournaments, Volta region is also having their maiden edition of the Volta Regional Handball League.
With sponsorship being the main problem of both leagues, GAHA is almost securing Origin 8 while VRHA has secured 2 companies with talks ongoing.
Handball, being one of the least financed disciplines will be moving out of that canker and make prominence in Ghana, when it comes to Sports in Ghana.