Football helps Pakistani boys stay away from a life of crime
1 February 2012 Last updated at 15:10 GMT
Known primarily for violent crime and drug-peddling, the neighbourhood of Lyari in Karachi is also a hotbed for footballing talent.
In a nation crazy for cricket, the neighbourhood boasts more than 100 football clubs, 11 football grounds and two stadiums.
The sport provides children a chance to dream of a life beyond the gangs.
Mehvish Hussain reports.