– LiyariBlue Football Club won the Girls and Shireen Jinnah Football Club won the U-12 Boys Standard Chartered Karachi United Youth League Final which was recently held in Karachi. Earlier, Korangi and Malir had won the U-14 and U-16 boys editions respectively. This league was sponsored by Standard Chartered, as part of its community service mandate to promote sports amongst children.
The final tournament was held at the Karachi United Stadium and was attended by more than 500 spectators hailing from different areas of Karachi.
The finals witnessed competitive fixtures and ended with the Shireen Jinnah Football Club boys U12 scoring in the last 5 minutes to seal the victory.
The objective of the “Standard Chartered Karachi United Youth League” was to provide a platform for Youth football teams from across Karachi who came together, broke barriers and inculcated the spirit of competition. A total of twelve boys’ and seven girls’ teams participated in the league which kicked off at Karachi United Stadium on 23rd September 2017.
A total of 700 boys and girls from across Karachi participated in this tournament. 121 matches were played in eight different locations including Old Golimar, Clifton, Malir, Baldia, Liyari, Korangi and Mauripur.
Commenting on the sponsorship, Ms. Khadija Hashimi, Head of Corporate Affairs and Brand & Marketing said, “This was a tremendous opportunity for us to further enhance our commitment to the communities in which we operate. The SC-KU league has enabled us to create opportunities, build healthy competition and inculcate respect and camaraderie in the local communities through sport. Standard Chartered has a long association with football. We are proud to support Goal, a global Standard Chartered community initiative, which enables financial education through sport for adolescent girls, in Pakistan. In our first year, we have already transformed the lives of 2447 girls across Karachi.”
Imran Ali, CEO, Karachi United said: “We welcome and thank Standard Chartered’s partnership to promote sport and much needed competition for our Youth. We are particularly pleased with the scope of including a girls and multiple age groups for boys which means we are touching many more lives and families. In addition to football, we feel such forums are true enablers in helping bring about positive social change by driving values such as discipline, respect, team work and overall community development.”