The devil you know is better than the angel you don’t so the popular phrase goes and quick look through the extensive list of schools that have competed in the Sprite Ball Championship reveals no school fits this description better than Kumasi Girls High School.
The all girls’ school located at Abrepo, a suburb of Ghana’s Ashanti Region capital, Kumasi was an afterthought at the 2016 Sprite Ball Championship even after edging out established names in the competition like Yaa Asantewaa Girls Senior High School and St. Louis Senior High School, no one considered them a side capable of winning least go all the way to the final four. Which is exactly what they did as the little known school and side braved against all odds to place fourth in the competition in its first appearance in the event.
Of course, regional contemporary T.I. Ahmadiyya won the competition in its debut trek in the heralded event back in 2014 but one can easily finger the immense depth AMASS was privileged to have with the likes of 2014 Fans Most Valuable Player Rachel Obeng on the roster. Unlike their contemporaries, KGEE as they are affectionately called, constructed a basketball team mere months before the regional competition began.
Coach Zibo Brown, a former player, rallied the young ladies and led them to cause a stir by placing second behind T. I. AMASS. As if that wasn’t enough, the school’s audacious ambitions were laid out in plain words when they touched base at the University of Ghana campus where all 26 teams were camped for the tournament.
Coach Brown led the delegation to state they were ready to compete because they knew the quality they possessed. Drawn alongside two time bronze medalist Mfantsiman Girls Senior High School and perennial contenders Tema Senior High School in the competition Nkawkaw Senior High School in Group B at the 2016 edition, the first taste of shock KGEE was about to unleash in the competition, took place in its opening game against Mfantsiman as the latter got stunned by the novices into submission.
The giant killing ventures continued eventually leading to a place in the final four with AMASS, Aggrey Memorial and Accra Wesley Girls Senior High School to contend with. Two losses to Aggrey and AMASS-both former winners of the division-meant the side had to settle for fourth place and missing out on a medal. Many doubted and whiffed at Kumasi Girls’ prospect to thrive in the championship but they got a shock for doing so.
Coming on the back off a wonderful showing in their debut campaign, the future prospects of KGEE looks bright and the decade celebration of Sprite Ball makes it the opportune time to strike further fear down the throat of opposing schools. “Semper Fidelis” meaning “always faithful” or “always loyal” states the motto of the all girls school and always faithful is the belief in Kumasi Girls Senior High School to perform at the highest level.