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Mustafa Yusufali an All Round Sportsman  

Coastweek -- Mustafa started playing cricket in Nairobi as a 14 year old boy and used to open the batting with his late father Yusufali who was also a fine opening batsman, writes ALIHUSEIN NAMAJEE.

Mustafa became the star batsman for Sir Yusufali sports club also a good wicketkeeper and a spin bowler.

Soon he started playing billiards which was a popular game at the time and at the age of fourteen he reached the semi finals of the Kenya open Billiards against a renowned player by the name of Stickler who was the best player in that era at the Regal Bar on Kenyatta Avenue Nairobi.

It was through special permission that Mustafa was allowed to play the semi final as rules were very strict for anyone under 18 years of age to enter a bar.

Although he was no match against his opponent the predominantly European crowd were treated to some excellent billiards display by the youngster, who were full of praise for him.

In 1969 Mustafa moved to Mombasa where he joined the Hatim Karimjee sports club where he continued playing cricket and snooker.

In 1975 he joined Mombasa club followed by Mombasa sports club in 1977 where he really excelled winning all club tournaments.

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One of his most memorable victories was a Handicap tournament final at Mombasa sports club when he beat Asger Stylish who had 35 points start and the crowd gave Mustafa no chance but against all the odds he won.

He partnered Madat Hansraj to win the Transroad Open doubles tournament at the Agakhan club beating Alihusein Namajee and Edmond Silviera in the final.

He again repeated the feat partnered by Mohamedali Rajan and third time with Bharat Soni.

He was a regular member of the Mombasa sports club snooker team that won the Coast inter club Snooker knockout tournament three years in a row from 1981/83 Mombasa sports club were a star studded team with Madat Hansraj, Fakhru Babla, Bharat Soni, Mustafa Yusufali, Alihusein Namajee, Edmond Silveira, M.K. Mamujee, Asger Stylish and Toby Darugar.

He was also instrumental in teaching the younger players the finer points of the game.

He had some coaching in England in 1981 and came back as a stronger player.

Mustafa went on to win many more trophies at snooker at different clubs and in 1985 he was a hot candidate for the sportsman of the year award at Mombasa sports club but it was not to be and disappointed he finally hung up his cue.

He took up golf and excelled at the game too and became Captain of Nyali Golf and country club in 1993/94.

His other hobby was fishing at Vuma with his buddies Aziz Bhaijee, Musa Haji and Alihusein Namajee.

He now resides in USA having retired completely from all sports.



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