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Over 30 players Sign Up For Late Capt.
Ayub Khan Memorial Squash Tourney

Coastweek -- Over 30 players are expected to participate in the inaugural Late Captain Ayub Khan Memorial Squash Tournament to be held at Sir Ali Muslim Club on the weekend of September 24th-25th.

The tournament will be organized by Nairobi’s Sunni Punjabi Organization (SPO) in conjunction with Sir Ali Muslim Club (SAMC).

The inaugural event is being held in honor of the late Kenya Air Force Captain Ayub Khan who passed in May 1975 at a tender age of 23 after losing a two months battle with cancer.

The playing format, according to event Director Tauseef Khan, will be on a knockout basis and on the best of five sets “depending on the number of entries received by the close of deadline”.

“If we receive many entries we will run a best of three for the first round,” said Tauseef, who is also the Head of Sports Special Committee of the Sunni Punjabi Organization and one of Nairobi’s upcoming squash players.

Among top players expected for the event are Bethwel Ogwayo, John Sagui, Abubakar Choudhry, Leon Keya, David Ngunjiri, Rizwan Khan and Joseph Munyasia.

The Kenya Air Force will be fielding a strong team which will comprise the likes of Major Symon Buuri, Capt Allan Kavogo, Capt Dennis Mugweru, Capt Levi Serem, Capt Elisha Lagat, Sergeant Oluoch and Sergeant Sigilai among others.

Coastweek -- The Late Ayub being presented his “Wings” by the Late Maj Gen Joseph Ndolo.

The late Captain Ayub Khan who got his “Wings” in 1971 from the then Chief of Defence Staff, late Maj. Gen. Joseph Ndolo, played squash for the Air Force outfit back then.

“Ayub was a very dedicated and established squash player having starred in several tournaments within Nairobi,” said Achie Khan, who is Ayub’s younger brother and also Deputy Chairman of SPO- Nairobi.

Outside the squash court, the Late Captain Ayub Khan was an ardent and battle-hardened rally-sport navigator and is better remembered in rallying circles for his longstanding partnership with legendary two-times former KMSF motorsport personality-of-the-year Capt Aslam Khan, who was his  trade-mate at the Kenya Air Force.

Ayub first called the notes for Aslam during the 1971 Isaac Walton Rally in Embu and participated in many other rally events including the 1974 Coca Cola Rally in a Datsun 1600sss, this time, calling the notes for his elder brother, Anwar Khan.

At the time, the late captain Ayub Khan won several of Air Force Squash championships at Eastleigh Airbase.

He was an accomplished aviator and at his tender age -prior to his demise- served as an instructor with KAF’s Flying Training School where he got to interacted with among others Julius Waweru Karangi who later rose to become the Chief of General Staff of the Kenya Defense Forces.

Achie said organizers are working hand in hand with Kenya Squash Racquets Association to deliver a great occasion which befits the fallen Captain.


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