We want to unleash a football revolution in pakistan

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Hamza & Andrea standing in front of a green light

Our Story

Legends Academy Pakistan, part of Virgil Sports, embodies the vision of two young friends, Andrea Grusovin and Hamza Syed. Recognizing Pakistan's fervor for sports, particularly football, they embarked on their maiden venture in a country they deeply cherish.

Witnessing the immense passion yet absence of professional avenues among kids, fans, and coaches, they are dedicated to leveraging sports for both economic and social progress.

With Andrea, an Italian private equity associate in Paris, and Hamza, a British-Pakistani entrepreneur, at the helm, their mission is to empower Pakistani talent, believing it stands on par with the world's finest athletes, while bridging the gap in sports infrastructure.

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Our Vision

 Legends Academy Pakistan's overarching vision is to use sports as a tool in Pakistan’s economic and social development. We seek to translate our success with having academies established across the country, providing UEFA accredited expertise, industry-standard equipment and establish a high standard for football curriculums in Pakistan. So our kids finally have a place to play the beautiful game.

Coach Mark & Coach Ziko

Why we Are different

Legends Academy Pakistan is unique in its approach. Unlike academies linked to major clubs primarily for marketing purposes, we source UEFA-licensed coaches from diverse backgrounds and strong-track records, blending international coaching standards with local expertise.

This initiative seeks to revolutionise Pakistan's footballing scene and elevate the overall standard of competitive sports.

Strategic Advisors

Seth Amoafo

Technical Director


  • Founder of PASS Abu Dhabi (+1000 kids)
  • UEFA B
  • Founder of the Largest youth league in the Middle East (+147 teams and +1500 players)
  • Ex-Chelsea and Manchester United Coach

Maxwell Opondo-Mbai

Strategic Advisor


  • Technical Director, PASS Abu Dhabi
  • UEFA A Licence
  • Chelsea FC Elite Coach
  • Arsenal FC Elite Coach
  • Watford FC Ladies 1st team assistant manager

Our Coaches

Mark Cox

Lead Coach


  • UEFA A Pro Licensed Coach
  • Premier League Elite Scout
  • FA Coach Educator

Zakaria Lasfi (Ziko)

Lead Coach


  • UEFA B (On-Track)
  • UEFA C
  • Goalkeeping Coach

Ahsan Shahbaz

Senior Coach


  • Pakistan U16s
  • AFC D License

Shahida Amin

Senior Coach


  • Atlético De Madrid Academy Pakistan
  • Pakistan women's team veteran
  • Pakistan WAPDA football team
  • Highlander Academy Islamabad

Muhammad Salman

Senior Coach


  • WAPDA Pakistan team (Active)
  • Pakistan men’s team (retired)

Muhammad Mujahid



  • Ex-professional player (Pakistan Premier League)
  • Over 10 years as a professional Goalkeeper

Muhammad Umar



  • 7 years playing experience
  • 2 years coaching experience
  • Winner of Liga Smurfia
  • Winner of inter university
  • Runners up Punjab youth festival

We build on our legends network

Legends Academy is part of a global alliance of the leading football academies in Asia, with a shared focus for bringing the game we all love to a part of the world where the passion is thriving.

Structure your child’s football development today

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Build confidence

Through football, your child will go through experiences that go beyond football. They will learn how to deal with setbacks, gain discipline and be a part of a community.

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Reap the advantage of our Elite Coaches and understand the game to a level previously unfounded in Pakistan.

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A Clear Pathway

The easy part is an international team with a global breadth of contacts getting you a professional contract is the easy part. Have you got the dedication?