Head Coach of Nigerian handball team the Imo Grasshoppers, Stella Ndudi, has passed away on Thursday 9th July 2020 in Owerri, Imo State after battling a brief illness.
Ndudi was part of the U20 technical crew of the Nigerian national women Handball Team that participated at the 2019 IHF Challenge Trophy at Niamey, Niger Republic and President of Handball Federation of Nigeria (HFN), Sam Ocheho, said the handball family has lost a great icon and ex-international.
“The death of Stella Ndudi is a huge shock to the handball family. She is not only a coach but a player who was dedicated during her playing days. She was part of the team to win their 1st African Nations cup for Nigeria in 1991.” Ocheho said
He also revealed that late Ndudi was a woman who helped develop the sport of handball amongst women in the grassroots.
HFN Secretary-General, Haruna Maigidasanm, also spoke describing the late Ndudi as an astute professional per excellence who was dedicated to serving her nation.
“Stella was an important player in the national team that qualified for the 1992 Olympics Games in Barcelona, Spain after winning the 1991 Africa Women Handball Nations Cup in Egypt. She has been fantastic for the national team as a player and also as coach.”
Stella Ndudi, who died after a brief ailment, was an assistant director with Imo State Sports Commission and the Chief Coach of Prudent Energy Handball Premier League side, Imo Grasshoppers.
As a player and captain, she led Grasshoppers to win several national and even international championships in the late 80s and 90s.
She was also consistent with the national team, helping the team to win their 1st African Nations cup for Nigeria in 1991 as they defeated Angola in Egypt and also qualified for the Barcelona 1992 Olympic Games.