Karachi United (Leagues)

2018-03-10 14:04:28Karachi United
Unlike cricket, football is not a popular sport in Pakistan. Due to various challenges, the importance of football at the local level has faded. However, the passion and the hunger amongst Pakistanis to honor it is still alive.Karachi United, a football club located in Karachi, has been presented with a once in a life time opportunity to visit FC Barcelona.
  • Details
  • Type:

    Karachi Football League

  • Full Name :

    Karachi United Football Club

  • Nickname(s) :

    KU

  • Short name :

    KUFC

  • Founded :

    1996

  • Ground :

    Karachi United Stadium, CDGK Stadium (alternate)

  • Capacity :

    Karachi United Stadium (2,000), CDGK Stadium (15,000)

  • Youngest Squad:

    An Average age of 17 years

  • First Club from Pakistan:

    Tour the World-Renowned FC Barcelona

  • Games:

    15

  • Pakistani Professional :

    Football Club

  • Location:

    Clifton, Karachi

  • Facebook:

    https://www.facebook.com/karachiunitedfc/

  • Website:

    http://karachiunited.com

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Karachi United is the only sports for development organisation in Pakistan.Established in 1996, they started out as a football club and branched out into community development working with the most marginalized communities in Karachi. They want to extend the benefits of development through sports to everyone across social and ethnic boundaries and focus on not just developing good players but also upstanding members and future leaders of our community.[1]  Details 

The First Visit

Players from KU visited FC Barcelona last year as well. They became the first ever club from Pakistan to do so. The team stayed there for a whole week and played around 15 matches at different levels.The team visited the city of Barcelona as well. Towards the end of their visit, KU players and officials watched Barca vs Leganes match live at Camp Nou where Messi scored a last-minute penalty to take the game home 2-1.[2] First Visit

First Club from Pakistan

Karachi United FC returned to Karachi after a week long and successful tour of Barcelona in which the coaches and players received exclusive training from FC Barcelona Coaches as well as successfully competed against local youth club teams.In another first, Karachi United became the first club from Pakistan to tour the world-renowned FC Barcelona. Imran Ali, the Director Youth & Alliances stated, “Karachi United was established in 1996 with twin mandates of achieving football excellence and community development through football. As part of its objective to provide the best football development opportunities, Karachi United secured an opportunity for a football tour to one of the biggest football clubs in the world, FC Barcelona in Spain".[3] First Club from Pakistan 

Karachi United Squad Feb 2017

During their week long tour, the Karachi United squad, comprising 53 persons (44 players and 9 officials), was given six exclusive coaching sessions by FCB Coaches, where they learnt about the FCB training philosophy and their values. The coaches Kiko, Oscar and Jordi expressed great satisfaction on the progress shown by the Karachi United players and especially praised their discipline.The Karachi United squad was housed at the Marcet Fundation, a renowned Catalonian youth set-up through whose ranks players such as Keylor Navas (Real Madrid) and others came through. During their stay, Karachi United’s four teams (two under 13s, with one of the teams comprising both boys and girls, and two under 16s teams) played over 15 matches.

Senior Under 16s

The Senior Under 16s won two and lost one of their three matches including a fine 3-0 win in their last match against a strong Marcet A side, with Hamed Ali Shah, M. Waheed, Saad Khan and skipper, Abdullah Mohsin (in goal) excelling. The Junior Under 16s also performed creditably, winning two out of their four matches. The highlight was their first match against local club Bosco’s youth team, which ended in a high scoring 7-6 win for the visitors, as man of the match Azain Uqaily scored his 4th and the match winner with almost the last kick of the game. Skipper Omar Jahangir Khan was rock solid in goal with winger Imad Naqvi and midfielder Ali Mehta being the other standout performers.

Senior Under 13s

Although the Senior Under 13s only won one of their four matches, they were edged out 1-2 in their opening match by Marcet B and their other two defeats came against very strong opposition. They did however beat Bosco 8-2 with a hat-trick by Yahya Khalid and two goals apiece for M. Arbaaz Hasan and M.Issa Alizai. Skipper and defender Yahya Saeed Khan, right back Fawaz bin Fawad and midfielder Ayaan Bokhari excelled for this unit with goalie Michael Thompson also performing creditably.

Junior Under 13s

While the Junior Under 13s lost all their 4 matches, they played with great spirit with Elias Sarwana scoring some fantastic long distance goals. Captain, Essa Sakrani and Ashar Rahman were the other outstanding players.

FCB Museum and Camp Nou

The Karachi United squad also visited the famed FC Barcelona Youth Academy, La Masia and viewed a number of the FCB youth boys and girls team matches. Having earlier also visited the FCB Museum and Camp Nou, the tour was capped off with the Karachi United squad watching a live match at Camp Nou in which a last minute Lionel Messi penalty saw FC Barcelona beat Leganes 2-1.The KU squad also took time off from their hectic schedule to go sightseeing of the beautiful city of Barcelona. On their last day, the Consul General of Pakistan to Spain, Mr. Murad Ashraf Janjua hosted a reception in honour of the entire squad.

Director Imran Ali

Earlier, the Honorary Spanish Consul General in Karachi, Ghouse Akbar had facilitated the team’s visit to Barcelona and was extremely pleased that the tour went well, which he hoped would be the first of many.Karachi United’s Director Youth, Imran Ali further stated that the tour provided a unique insight into the FCB training methods and also gave Karachi United a chance to build relations with youth set-ups such as Marcet, which had offered to help with its youth program.[4] Director

Director Development Ali Ata

Director Development, Ali Ata, also praised the squad and coaches for their efforts and said that the learnings would be of great benefit back in Pakistan. He was also all praise for their hosts especially Juan who acted as the liaison for the squad and is a former FCB Youth Coach. Ali Ata further stated that Karachi United would be hosting a reception for the Spanish Consul General to thank him for his assistance for the tour and also to celebrate the performances, results and experiences with the players and their parents.

KU Full Touring Squad

Senior Under 16s

Abdullah Mohsin (C), Afrasyab Khan, Ali Aamer Sial, Hamed Ali Shah, Muhammad Meer Memon, Muhammad Waheed, Mustafa Farooq, Nader Samad Hussain, Saad Khan, Saif Fasihuddin Ahmed and Syed Ali Mustafa Naqvi – Coach: Ali Ata.

Junior Under 16s

Omar Jahangir Khan (C), Abdul Ali Mehta, Adil Khan, Aliyanullah Abbasi, Hamza Chapra, Imad Naqvi, Jehanzeb Khuhro, M. Azain Uqaily, Muzammil Amin, Shaheer Hassan and Zaid Ahmed Jalil – Coach : Furkan Ali

Senior Under 13s

 Yahya Saeed Khan (C), Michael D.M.A. Thompson, Fawaz bin Fawad, Ramis Kamlani, Yahya Khalid, Ayaan Bokhari, M. Arbaaz Hasan, M. Issa Alizai, Daniyal W. Shaikh, Kiyan A. Alibhai and Ahmed S. Naqvi – Coach : Daniyal Alvi

Junior Unders 13s: 

Essa Sakrani (C), M. Mikael ul Haque, Madeeha Habib, Zaina Atif, Anya Bokhari, Eschal W. Shaikh, Altanullah Khan, Elias Sarwana, Aryan Sulaiman, Azmareh Saranjam Khan and Ashar A. Rehman – Coach : Khadija KazmiThe other officials were Imran Ali, Taha Alizai, Kareem Kerai, Arshad Jamal and Talib Hussain.C), Abdul Ali Mehta, Adil Khan, Aliyanullah Abbasi, Hamza Chapra, Imad Naqvi, Jehanzeb Khuhro, M. Azain Uqaily, Muzammil Amin, Shaheer Hassan and Zaid Ahmed Jalil – Coach : Furkan Ali

Senior Under 13s

Yahya Saeed Khan (C), Michael D.M.A. Thompson, Fawaz bin Fawad, Ramis Kamlani, Yahya Khalid, Ayaan Bokhari, M. Arbaaz Hasan, M. Issa Alizai, Daniyal W. Shaikh, Kiyan A. Alibhai and Ahmed S. Naqvi – Coach : Daniyal Alvi

Junior Unders 13s

Essa Sakrani (C), M. Mikael ul Haque, Madeeha Habib, Zaina Atif, Anya Bokhari, Eschal W. Shaikh, Altanullah Khan, Elias Sarwana, Aryan Sulaiman, Azmareh Saranjam Khan and Ashar A. Rehman – Coach : Khadija Kazmi

KU Visit FC Barcelona

The Karachi United team will visit the Catalan giants in the upcoming days. Karachi United will visit FC Barcelona during the next five days to train with the clubs’ coaches and youth teams. 27 players from Karachi United will have the honor to visit one of the most popular clubs in the world and witness their legendary style of play.These players will be visiting Camp Nou as part of the Karachi United Youth Program. Players of the club will have the opportunity to get training from FCB coaches and play competitive matches against youth teams from the region.Not just that, Karachi’s players will witness a magical moment as well. After all, they will get to watch none other than Lionel Messi play in front of the home crowd in Barcelona.Hopefully, this year’s tour will be as successful as the first one and prove handy in building the morale of youth ranks of United. The team will leave for Barcelona on 14th March and return after a week-long stay on 20th March.


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