BY JOHN HUDSON
LEAGUE of Ireland legend Joseph N’do has been appointed men’s first team manager at IT Sligo for the upcoming All Island Colleges and Universities League and Cup season.
N’do enjoyed a glittering career in Irish football after first arriving at St Patrick’s Athletic in 2003. By then he had already earned 21 senior international caps for Cameroon and subsequent productive spells at Bohemians and Sligo Rovers saw him pick up four League of Ireland titles and also three FAI Cups with Sligo Rovers.
His previous managerial experience had come at Mayo League club Achill Rovers and taking charge of the league’s representative side.
N’do expressed his delight at taking over the first team role at IT Sligo.
“I’m grateful for the opportunity given to me. It’s a beautiful challenge to have. I’m pleased that the previous IT Sligo manager Colm Jinks, now working as Head of Football at the college and myself have the same vision for football at IT Sligo and together we’ll try to make it happen.
“The goal will be to put in place a foundation which will help IT Sligo Football to have a positive impact on players life and many successes in coming years because the more you sow, the more you reap, and I think it’s time to sow”.
Under Jinks IT Sligo have become one of the top sides in colleges and universities football gaining promotion to the Premier Division of the Colleges and Universities League in 2018. While in 2020, the last season of competition pre Covid, the college came close to achieving a double only to see UCD edge them out in a close league decider after IT Carlow had earlier denied them a Colleges FAI Cup Final success.
N’do will take charge of the trials and training sessions next week as preparations begin for the new season’s campaign.
IT Sligo has shown its continued commitment soccer in the college and had recently announced the appointment of graduates Colleen Cavanagh and Emma Hansberry to take charge of the Women’s team for the upcoming Colleges season.
At the same time they also announced plans for a partnership with Sligo Rovers to form a senior women’s team with a view to joining the SSE Airtricity Women’s National League from the 2022 season onwards.
IT Sligo has been a long-term partner with Sligo Rovers offering support in training and sports scholarships to the senior men’s team over the past two years with a number of current students figuring on the Rovers Premier Division side.
Now the IT Sligo will extend sports scholarships to women players giving them the opportunity to play at senior level at Sligo Rovers.
Sligo Rovers Chairperson, Tommy Higgins said the partnership will allow elite women soccer players to participate at the highest level and gain an excellent academic qualification while playing:
‘’We are delighted to enhance our partnership with IT Sligo which has seen us create scholarships for our players over the last two years. Women’s football is something we are passionate about and we want to add to our existing Under 17 and Under 19 teams and incorporate a Senior team to compete in the SSE Airtricity Women’s National League. This is a big step for women’s football in the North West region and we hope it gives female footballers in the region something to work towards both educationally and in sporting terms’’.
This new agreement really opens the doors for women’s football in the region and IT Sligo are delighted to be part of that process.