International duty for Bit O’ Red Players

Sligo Rovers have a number of players away on International Duty this week across senior and Academy level.

Nando Pijnaker and Max Mata are in Auckland with the New Zealand senior squad for two friendlies against China on Thursday at 6am Irish time and Sunday at 4am Irish time.

It’s Mata’s first call-up for four years after an impressive start to his 2023 Bit O’ Red season. Pijnaker has now become a regular in the squad and has started their previous games in World Cup Qualifying.

Bogdan Vastsuk is in Hungary with Estonia for a friendly on Thursday at 6.30pm as Puskas Arena. Vastsuk made his first Rovers start last Friday in Derry and flew to Tallinn at the weekend to join up with his team-mates. The squad then face Austria in Linz on Monday in a Euro 2024 Qualifying match.

Stefan Radosavljevic is away with his native Faroe Islands. The Faroes take on Moldova in a Euro 2024 Qualifier on Friday at 7.45pm followed by a friendly against North Macedonia at 11am on Monday.

Eanna Clancy has joined up with Tom Mohan’s Republic of Ireland Under 21 squad to train with them as they prepare for a friendly with Iceland in Cork on Sunday. Clancy will return to The Showgrounds later this week as the squad depart Dublin for Cork.

Senior Women’s players Jodie Loughrey and Alice Lillie are both part of the Republic of Ireland Under 17 Women’s squad for Euro Qualifiers in France against Kosovo (Thursday), Italy (Sunday) and the host nation (Wednesday 29th March). Jodie is the captain of the squad.

Aron Heaney from our Under 15 squad is included in the Republic of Ireland Under 15 squad for two friendlies against Latvia at Home Farm FC in Dublin today and Thursday. Aron, from our partners in Westport United is a brother of first team player Cillian.

Best wishes to all our players this week.