WAPDA Football Club was a football club of Water & Power Development Authority, based in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan, that competed in Pakistan Premier League. They last participated in 2018 National Challenge Cup, where lost to Pakistan Air Force in the finals.

WAPDA F.C.
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Full nameWater & Power Development Authority Football Club
Nickname(s)The Watermen
Short nameWAP
Founded1983; 39 years ago (1983)
GroundPunjab Stadium[1]
Capacity15,000
ChairmanMunawar Malik
ManagerTanveer Ahmed
LeaguePakistan Premier League
2018–19Pakistan Premier League, 5th of 16

WAPDA has been Pakistan champions 8 times, winning four titles in Pakistan Premier League. They won their first league title in 1983 beating Habib Bank, and repeated this feat in 1991 against Habib Bank.[2] In 2001, they overcame Khan Research Laboratories to win their third title, and retained their title in 2003 against Pakistan Army.[2] In 2004 in the revamped Pakistan Premier League, they became the inaugural champions, when they pushed Pakistan Army into second in a final day decider.[2]

Their biggest achievement came in 2007–08 season when they finished the season unbeaten after defeating Pakistan Army on the final day. They are the only Pakistani club to finish the season unbeaten and earning the title of Invincibles.[2]

Since the start of Pakistan Premier League, WAPDA have become one of the three dominant clubs in Pakistan along with Pakistan Army and Khan Research Laboratories.

Asian competitionsEdit

WAPDA's first ever Asian competition appearance was in 1991 Asian Club Championship, where they lost 5–0 to Dhaka Mohammedan SC away, and drew 0–0 at home, thus losing 5–0 on aggregate. They represented Pakistan in the AFC President's Cup 2005, losing both of their games against Blue Star SC and Hello United and defeated Dordoi Bishkek 1–0 in their last group stage match as they were knocked-out of out the group stages. The club's next appearance in Asian competition was in 2008 AFC President's Cup, where once again they finished at bottom of their group, drawing one and losing two matches. In 2009 AFC President's Cup, WAPDA finished second in their group and qualified for semi-finals after being the best second-placed in the tournament, WAPDA faced their group-mate Regar-TadAZ in the semi-finals, WAPDA lost 4–3 at extra-time. Club's last Asian appearance was in 2011 AFC President's Cup, where they finished third in their group and were knocked out.

Performance in AFC competitionsEdit

1992: Qualifying - 1st round
2005: 3° in Group Stage
2008: 4° in Group Stage
2009: Semi-finalist
2011: 3° in Group Stage

AFC President's Cup matchesEdit

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
  WAPDA 12 13 3 3 7 11 15 -4

Current squadEdit

As of 13 January 2019[3]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   PAK Muhammad Boota
3 DF   PAK Mohsin Ali
4 DF   PAK Saadat Hussain
5 DF   PAK Shahram Baber
6 DF   PAK Suban Naveed
7 MF   PAK Ahmed Faheem
8 MF   PAK Adeel Ali
9 MF   PAK Hassnain Abbas
10 MF   PAK Naeem Ullah
11 MF   PAK Usman Manzoor
12 MF   PAK Zubair Qadeer
13 MF   PAK Adnan Saeed
14 DF   PAK Muhammad Waqas
15 DF   PAK Muhammad Bilal
16 FW   PAK Waqar Khalid
17 DF   PAK Muhammad Asad
18 GK   PAK Bilal Khalid
19 FW   PAK Moazam Ali
No. Pos. Nation Player
20 DF   PAK Osman Muhakam
21 DF   PAK Arbab Basit
22 GK   PAK Shahid Nabi
23 DF   PAK Ashfaq Ahmed
24 GK   PAK Muzammil Hussain (captain)
26 DF   PAK Muhammad Umer Hayat
27 MF   PAK Ali Uzair
28 GK   PAK Abdul Basit
29 DF   PAK Muhammad Shahbaz
30 DF   PAK Muhammad Ahmed
31 MF   PAK Muhammad Khurram
33 FW   PAK Muhammad Waleed Ayaz
34 FW   PAK Muhammad Ali
35 FW   PAK Muhammad Ihtisham
38 DF   PAK Waseem Ullah
39 FW   PAK Muhammad Alamgir
99 FW   IRQ Ahmad Hammad

HonorsEdit

WAPDA are one of the most successful club in Pakistan, in terms of trophies won. The club's first trophy was National Football League in 1983.[2] The club won most trophies in 2000s, winning the league five times.[2] Their biggest achievement in continental competition was reaching the semi-finals of AFC President's Cup 2009, where they lost to Tajik side Regar-TadAZ 4–3 on extra time.

LeaguesEdit

  • Quaid-i-Azam Shield:
    • Winners (1): 1992

OfficialsEdit

Manager   Muhammad Anser
Assistant Manager   Imran Zafar
Assistant Manager   Sharafat Ali
Head Coach   Muhammad Habib
Assistant Coach   Tanveer Ahmed
Assistant Coach   Umer Daraz
Media Officer   Muhammad Khalid Mehmood
Team Manager   Munawar Ahmed Malik
Chief De Mission   Naveed Akram Cheema

External linksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Football Grounds in Pakistan | Football Ground Map".
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Express, Tribune (13 December 2010). "WAPDA clinch Pakistan Premier League". Express Tribune. Natasha Raheel.
  3. ^ "WAPDA FC - Team Info". Global Sports Archive. Retrieved 2 June 2019.