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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.