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.
will be organized by Nairobi’s Sunni Punjabi Organization (SPO)
in conjunction with Sir Ali Muslim Club (SAMC).
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.
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.
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.
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
organizers are working hand in hand with Kenya Squash Racquets
Association to deliver a great occasion which befits the fallen