Safinaz Foundation aims to promote all types of Sports.

Yusuf Karim and Nargis Karim

The Safinaz Foundation was created in 2014 by former national cricket team and tennis captain, Aasif Karim in conjunction with his wife, Nazneen in honour and respect of their parents.
Mombasa tennis icon, Yusuf Karim, passed away in 2009 and his widow, Nargis turns 80 this year, while Nazneen’s parents Sherali and Kulsum Kassam passed away in the 90s.
Tennis champion at the Coast for 25 years, during which time he also represented Kenya at the 1974 All Africa Games in Egypt, the late Yusuf was also a formidable cricket player who represented the Coast during European and Asian fixtures.

His son, Aasif, played cricket for the national team for 23 years during which time he took part in three World Cups and four Associate Trophies when he led the team as captain for a short stint. Like his father Yusuf, he excelled in tennis as well and represented Kenya in the Davis Cup against Egypt and the President’s Cup in Nigeria in 1989.

Keeping in mind the major contribution the Karim family has given to cricket and tennis, the primary purpose of the foundation is to promote all sports in the country. It supports sports events and tournaments, provides
sports equipment to talented sportsmen and women with scholarships where possible.

The foundation is also keen to build sports centres that will cater for youngsters in all sports, a sports museum, and supporting education and social needs for Kenyan youth.

The Foundation is also keen to hold annual sports film festival to promote sports with a view to producing sports documentaries and sports books to recognise our sports ambassadors and for posterity.
Aasif and Nazneen’s son Irfan, 24, has also made great impact in the national team where he has score two ODI hundreds.

In 2013, Irfan entered into the annals of history for being the youngest Kenyan to score an ODI hundred, a feat he achieved against Canada, and the fastest ODI hundred which he accomplish in New Zealand against Netherlands during the World Cup qualifiers.

Irfan is a graduate of sports science and business management at Loughborough University in UK where he was also an active sportsman. In May 2014, Safinaz Foundation supported the Labour Day Junior Tennis Tournament that was organised by Tennis Kenya.

Safinaz Foundation welcomes any individual or corporate with similar vision to partner with the foundation which also produces a monthly sports magazine.
The family has produced a two-hour documentary which has featured at two international film festivals in India and Iran.

“The Karims – A Sporting Dynasty”, a 200-page coffee table book has also been published and contains historic photographs and information and is set to be launched soon. One can also catch up on the details on

Applications and proposals for sports sponsorship of events or individual sports sponsorship can be sent to us via email; or dropped at Aristocrats House– 1st Floor, James Gichuru Road, Lavington.

Sherali and Kulsum Kassam