Mombasa Sports Club began as an informal gathering of a few keen sportsmen who got together and organised teams and matches among themselves and then asked their friends along to join in and participate.
This formed the basis of the rise of several games as listed;
Basket ball Section has been dormant over the past few years. With few participants in the game, the team has not held any recent matches.
The basketball court in the club was originally built in 1976. this followed the sale of the tennis court adjoining court No.4 to D.T. Dobie’s garage for their new assembly yard. In return for the land, D.T. Dobie paid for a new tennis court, the present court No.5 on the other side of the Club house near the squash courts
The 1 new court was never used for tennis, it was transformed into a basketball court. Due to inactivity in the basketball section claims have been made that “as a basketball court, the field is under-utilized.
MSC boasts One of the best bowling greens in the country
Members of the Club started playing Bridge in the early forties. However it later died out. In the late seventies Coast Bridge Association used the Club’s premises to play their weekly sessions. In 1982 some of our members got together and started the Club’s own Bridge Section. Mr. D.D. Doshi started coaching beginners when the Club started its own Bridge Section. Later on Mr. Pulin Gandhi started giving coaching to the novices which included many ladies. However due to lack of interest by some beginners this could not be continued.
At the moment there were about 40 regular playing members. The section has produced great players like A.D. Shah and C.D. Shah who had represented Kenya in World Bridge contests. A.D. Shah and C.D. Shah won the East and Central America pairs championships in Zimbabwe in 1986. KP. Sifiah and PJ. Shah were the finalists in the team events in the same championship. A.D. Shah and C.D. Shah were 4th overall out of 100 pairs in the Asia, Africa and Middle East Bridge Championship played in Amman, Jordan in 1995.
Weekly sessions are played every Wednesday evening with about 8 tables. Every last Wednesday of the month, a monthly one session open pairs tournament, is held at the club when other Bridge players from Mombasa can participate. For more than nine continuous years the section has organised a three session open pairs tournament under the banner of “King Lion Housewares Trophy” , which was kindly sponsored by Messrs. Kaluworks Ltd. of Mombasa. In this tournament apart from our members other Bridge players from Mombasa and Nairobi participated. The section also organizes one open pairs tournament every year.
Cricket is one of the oldest sports at Mombasa Sports Club. The sports club began primarily as a cricket club. It was there “on ground near the Sikh’s Lines” the first ever cricket match in the British East Africa Protectorate was played in September 1896.
The MSC Cricket comprises of 2 senior teams and a junior development side boasting the best pedigree at the Coast.
With the Advent of the NCBA Twenty20 series, the MSC Team has crossed county borders and performed well both in Nairobi and Mombasa
Years down we have layed host to ODI’s and matches played at the grounds as far back as a century ago.
MSC hockey section comprises of two teams, MSC Men’s Hockey Alias Warthogs, and MSC Ladies Hockey Alias Squids.
The MSC Ladies and Men’s Hockey Teams participate in competitive Leagues and are affiliated to Kenya Hockey Union. With the ladies’ team in the Super League Women and the Men’s team in the Premier League
The section holds the inaugural Heroes Cup, formally known as Shaban Yusuf Tournament that has attracted over 40 teams. The event is held in the months of October during the celebration of Mashujaa/Heroes Day. The team has been active
MSC football section is made up of one Men team. Football at the club came to rise in the early 1900s in the club. several matches were played at the club among Europeans and the CMS boys.
In August 1903 Mombasa played HMS Partridge, a “rather slow” game according to the reporter. On October 8th 1904 there was a football match Europeans v.s CMS Boys, the freed sleves from the Church Missionary Society settlement at Freere town. The match was won by the CMS Boys and the commentator wrote that “it was a bit hot for Europeans and on the Sahara Dessert Sports Ground, the advantage went to those not wearing shoes”. It was difficult to find Europeans to make up a football team and often the CMS Boys were invited to make up numbers.
Regularly participate in friendly matches and tournaments featured include the Taifa Ngano Tournament, Old-is-Gold Tournament, Friendly matches are played every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
The first rugby match at the club was held in 1935. The rugby section were fortunate in having a home fixture with the South African Stellenbosch University touring side, which was at that time the best in the world. Although Mombasa Sports Club was easily beaten by the visiting South Africans, it boosted the popularity of rugby in Mombasa for some time after.
The Mombasa Sports Club Rugby is well endowed to participate in the Kenya Cup, Enterprise Cup and has been participating in the Second Division Rugby League that was Eastern Conference.
To cap it all, the Rugby Section is affiliated to and plays host to the Kenya Rugby Union’s Driftwood Sevens Rugby Tournament held annually at Mombasa Sports Club and attracts over 45 teams, played over three days.Held in the months of August/September.
MSC has a snooker table located next to the club’s Main bar.
It comprises of 2 standard snooker tables in the air-conditioned snooker room.
It is open to all club members for recreational purposes.
A squash court was built in the club in the 1930s.
Mombasa Sports Club houses an ultra-modern glass squash court. It allows us benefit from watching some best players in Africa in action through organized tournaments.
2 walled courts and 1 glass-back court.
Tennis was among the first sports to be played in Mombasa, originally by the missionaries. There were two courts just behind Fort Jesus. But this area was soon needed for administrative offices and in 1908 the land was sold and the proceeds given to the Mombasa Sports Club to expand the tennis section and build extra tennis courts.Tennis was played to a high standard and outstanding among the tennis members was Fraulein Cilli Aussem, a former World Ladies Singles Title holder. She did much to popularize tennis in Mombasa and in 1935 the Coast Lawn Tennis Championships were played on the Club courts for the first time and the South African Ladies Tennis team came on a memorable visit.
The MSC Boasts one of the best tennis courts in Mombasa and its environs with upto 7 tennis courts, 4 junior and 3 senior. In its growth as a section the Club has presented nationally acclaimed tennis players and has previously hosted ITF Standard tournaments.