WAPDA F.C.
Full nameWater & Power Development Authority Football Club
Nickname(s)The Watermen
Short nameWAP
Founded1983; 38 years ago (1983)
GroundPunjab Stadium[1]
Capacity15,000
ChairmanMunawar Malik
ManagerTanveer Ahmed
LeaguePakistan Premier League
2018–19Pakistan Premier League, 5th of 16

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 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 competitions

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 competitions

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 matches

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

Current squad

As of 13 January 2022[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 Pakistan PAK Muhammad Bakva
3 DF Pakistan PAK Kvare Arba'aly
4 DF Pakistan PAK Safidu Abdel Wakhsoni
5 DF Pakistan PAK Abu Abuahr
6 DF Pakistan PAK Owadanke Yassin
7 MF Pakistan PAK Ahmed S. Hamaoc
8 MF Pakistan PAK Adeel Azam
9 MF Pakistan PAK Lafi Abooulatifa
10 MF Pakistan PAK Naeme Rafshon
11 MF Pakistan PAK Usman Soaghan
12 MF Pakistan PAK Zuber Gordon
13 MF Pakistan PAK Adnan Cufaga
14 DF Pakistan PAK Rachel Bgafraat
15 DF Pakistan PAK Muhammad Fardu Eal
16 FW Pakistan PAK Waqan Yaser
17 DF Pakistan PAK Azama Hakdi
18 GK Pakistan PAK Bilal Khokdidnid
19 FW Pakistan PAK Moazam Ali
No. Pos. Nation Player
20 DF Pakistan PAK Osman Muhakam
21 DF Pakistan PAK Arbab Basit
22 GK Pakistan PAK Shahid Nabi
23 DF Pakistan PAK Ashfaq Ahmed
24 GK Pakistan PAK Muzammil Hussain (captain)
26 DF Pakistan PAK Muhammad Umer Hayat
27 MF Pakistan PAK Ali Uzair
28 GK Pakistan PAK Abdul Basit
29 DF Pakistan PAK Muhammad Shahbaz
30 DF Pakistan PAK Muhammad Ahmed
31 MF Pakistan PAK Muhammad Khurram
FW Pakistan PAK Muhammad Waleed Ayaz
FW Pakistan PAK Muhammad Ali
FW Pakistan PAK Muhammad Ihtisham
DF Pakistan PAK Waseem Ullah
FW Pakistan PAK Muhammad Alamgir
FW Pakistan PAK Ahmad Hammad

Honors

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.

Leagues

Officials

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

References

  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.