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Know Your Coach: Meet Port-Harcourt Based Grandma Who’s Changing The Face Of Tennis

It’s another beautiful weekend to celebrate some of our amazing coaches in the country with our bi-weekly Know Your Coach series.

Today, we celebrate Madam Stella Epegu, a Port Harcourt-baser tactician who’s among the best in the country.

She spoke with Nigeria Tennis Live about how she’s been coaching for over 13 years, and how some of her players have not only hit national prominence, but also embarked on other endeavours.

Madam Stella standing tall after one of her training sessions with the kids. Nigeria Tennis.

Excerpts:

Name: Stella Kinnobor Epegu

When did you start coaching? 2007, September

Players coached to national prominence: Godsgift Timbra, Micheal Amos, Kesiye Maxwell. David Dawariye. 

Most of the girls chose to branch off academically. 

Fortune Aniso: Studying Law; Godfrey Okoye: University Enugu; Amiyefore Jim Jaja: UNIPORT; Ngowari Jim-jaja: UST PH; Emmanuel Dawariye: Law, NDU Bayelsa, to mention a few.

One of Madam Stella’s products holding a giant trophy he won at a tournament. Nigeria Tennis.

Coaching certification: ITF Level 1

Greatest ambition with coaching: My greatest ambition is to  see my players wearing green white green in international tournment, and to build a well established FOUNDATION in Nigeria- in partnership with International body.

When will a Nigerian win the Grand Slam? I see it far, but I strongly believe it achievable.

How’s NTF helping with your coaching? For now, they’re trying their best. 

Some of the youngsters during a training session inside a tennis court. Nigeria Tennis

Proudest moment? My proudest moment in coaching is seeing my beginner able to play effortless backhand, forehand drive, with good foot walk, and during the long vacation been able to organise their “CATCH THEM YOUNG” Free Clinic.

Favourite colour: Blue

Favourite food: Real Okro soup and garri

Favourite music/artiste: Christian music – Sinach

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