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Karachi United F.C. Football club is a Pakistani football club based in the southern city of Karachi
Karachi
Karachi is the largest city, main seaport and the main financial centre of Pakistan, as well as the capital of the province of Sindh. The city has an estimated population of 13 to 15 million, while the total metropolitan area has a population of over 18 million...

. It was established in 1996.

The club's objectives since inception have been the grassroots development of football and community development through football. At the time of the formation of the Club, there was a lack of forums in which teams/clubs could participate. Hence to date, Karachi United's most significant contribution to football development has been its setting up events such as the Karachi Premier League previously sponsored by KASB, the Karachi United School Championship (KUSC), the Energile Youth Football Championship etc. In fact the Karachi League, which was commenced in 2003 was started even prior Pakistan's national league i.e. the Pakistan Premier League.

1st Team


Sustained on field success has eluded Karachi United to date as their off field endeavours seem to have placed a further burden on them. In eight seasons of the Karachi League, they have not as yet managed to win the same. KU's best showing in the Karachi League has been its 4th place finish in the inaugural event and again in the 2007-08 season. In addition, given that KU's focus has been on developing internal talent from its own set-up, it has not followed a 'buying policy' and the fruits of its investment into its youth set-up have been evident from 2006 onwards as the youth academy players have formed an integral part of the 1st Team.

Youth


The Karachi United youth program was set up in 2001. At that time, it was the only fully functional youth academy / program. Subsequently, a multitude of youth set-ups have been established across Karachi and Pakistan. The youth program has achieved good results with the highlights being the KU Academy touring Manchester United ( to train at their soccer schools in 2004) and then later sending players to Charlton Athletic in the summers of 2006 and 2007 as well as players in 2010. In October 2008 the Karachi United under-17 team travelled to Doha, Qatar to play a series of matches against local Qatari youth sides and train with coaches at Aspire.

Community Work


Karachi United as a club has also taken an initiative to help the footballing community primarily in trying to raise the standard of the game in the country. The club provides coaching to Center for Advance Studies (CAS school) and also often participated in matches and enjoys relations with many clubs in Lyari where in the past most of Karachi's footballing talent has come for. On various occasions, the club has donated equipment and apparel to youth players across Karachi.

KUSC


The first edition of the KUSC was played in 2005-06 which was won by Karachi Grammar School who beat Lyceum School in the final. Since then they have won the tournament for 4 successive years beating St.Patrick's High School in the final each time last being in 2009 winning the final when they won 1-0. Lyceum finally broke KGS's hegemony in the 5th Edition of KUSC when they beat them 4-3 after extra time. The event features the top schools of Karachi vying to be crowned as the Champions of Karachi's school football.

Current squad

  • Ghulam Akbar (GK)
  • Hamza Khan (Captain) (D)
  • Bilal Mehdi (GK)
  • Jibraan Fawad (D)
  • Moiz Salahuddin (D)
  • Jamshed Omar (D)
  • Hassan Saad (D)
  • Muneeb Anjum (D)
  • Khurram Ibrahim (D)
  • Imran Ali (D/M)
  • Omar Akhtar (M)
  • Usman Iqbal (M)
  • Furkan Ali (M)
  • Kareem Kerai (M)
  • Atif Sachak (M)
  • Athar Qadri (M)
  • Daniyal Alvi (F)
  • Taha Alizai (M/F)
  • Shaezer Razi Azmat (W/F)
  • Taha Rehman (F)
  • Rehan Munir (F)