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
the star batsman for Sir Yusufali sports club also a good
wicketkeeper and a spin bowler.
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.
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.
Mustafa moved to Mombasa where he joined the Hatim
Karimjee sports club where he continued playing cricket
In 1975 he
joined Mombasa club followed by Mombasa sports club in
1977 where he really excelled winning all club
Coastweek -- Mustafa
Yusuf Ali and Insiyah.
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
He partnered Madat
Hansraj to win the Transroad Open doubles tournament at the
Agakhan club beating Alihusein Namajee and Edmond Silviera in
He again repeated
the feat partnered by Mohamedali Rajan and third time with
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
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
He now resides in
USA having retired completely from all sports.