Amira El Fadil, a commissioner for social affairs at the African Union, with Ghana Olympic Committee President Ben Nunoo Mensah ©Amira El Fadil

Ghana Olympic Committee President Ben Nunoo Mensah met with a key figure within the African Union (AU) to discuss preparations for the 2023 African Games.

Amira El Fadil, a commissioner for social affairs at AU, confirmed she held talks with Mensah at the recent Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA) Extraordinary General Assembly (EGA) in Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa.

During the meeting, El Fadil received an update on plans for the African Games and how to "enhance" the collaboration with ANOCA and AU.

El Fadil, a former Minister of Social Welfare and Social Insurance for the Sudanese Government and a member of the World Anti-Doping Agency Executive Committee, also spoke at the ANOCA EGA.

"Sport brings people together and is creating opportunities for empowerment and development of individuals and societies," wrote El Fadil in a tweet after the EGA.

"It's therefore the solemn duty for all of us to ensure that we use sport as a tool for inclusive participation and continued support, especially for those who are marginalised in society."

Ghana is preparing to stage the African Games for the first time after securing the hosting rights in October 2018.

Plans are in place to build a new 50,000-capacity stadium which is expected to cost $200 million (£152 million/€168 million).

"The facilities to be constructed include a 50,000 capacity Olympic Stadium complex, multi-purpose sports halls for all indoor sports, aquatic centres for swimming and tennis courts," said Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo.

The announcement of the new facilities in November coincided with the Organising Committee being officially sworn in by Akufo-Addo at a ceremony.

Speaking to News Ghana, Mensah expressed his desire to stage the event in "grand style" and encouraged "corporate Ghana" to consider the Games as a big event.

The previous edition took place last year in Rabat, the first hosted by Morocco following the country's readmission to the African Union in January 2017.

It attracted entries from 4,386 athletes representing 53 countries, who took part in 340 medal events across 26 sports.

More than 5,000 athletes from over 50 countries are expected to compete at the Games in Ghana in three years’ time.

Final dates have still to be announced for the event, which is expected to be held in Accra, Kumasi, and Cape Coast.