Country: Ghana City: Kumasi
Founded: 2003 Colors: Green, Yellow, and White
Stadium: Baba Yara Stadium
King Faisal Babes FC plays in the GN Bank Division One League in Zone 2. Little is known about King Faisal Babes FC as they have virtually no web presence. The team dates back to the early 2000’s when it was founded by the fiery Alhaji Karim Grunsah, who is no stranger to controversy. In the short life of King Faisal FC, Grunsah has admitted to bribing referees, slapped a flight attendant, and sued the league which delayed the start of the 2014 Ghanaian Premier League.
The team is named after Faisal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the King of Saudi Arabia from 1964 until his assassination in 1975. King Faisal was the son of King Abdulaziz, the first ruler of the newly unified Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. King Faisal is credited with modernizing Saudi Arabia in the areas of education, finance, and religious inclusiveness. He was the first ruler to tackle the subject of education for women. King Faisal, against the objection of many of the country’s hardliners, opened schools for girls around the Kingdom.
It’s hard to find the exact reason why a team from Ghana would be named after the former King of Saudi Arabia. The Kingdom’s influence definitely reaches into Africa. There is a King Faisal University in Chad and a King Faisal Hospital in Rwanda. Saudi Arabia has, through the years, invested in Ghana. Maybe Alhaji Karim Grunsah is just a big fan.