A 39-year-old midfielder, who played for his native Cameroon in the World Cup of 1998 in France, is set to make a comeback for an amateur Irish side.
Jospeh N’do has played in Ireland extensively in the latter stages of his career, having won four League of Ireland titles and three FAI Cups during his time with Shelbourne, Bohemians and Sligo Rovers.
But the attacking midfielder retired from playing in 2014, and after making the West of Ireland his home had been acting as coach for the Achill Rovers junior squad as well as working as the head coach with the Mayo League.
The club are now delighted to announce his return to the pitch as he starts to play in the Mayo League when it commences in March. “Achill Rovers are delighted to announce that Joseph N’Do has signed as a player with the club and will be playing with the first team in the Mayo Premier League in the forthcoming 2016 season,” they confirmed on their Facebook page.
“Joseph initially joined the club as a part time coach in February 2015 and worked with 6 different teams during the course of 2015. He will also be staying on in this role. “The former Cameroon international has an outstanding record in Irish football. He has won 4 League of Ireland titles and 3 FAI Cups. He was voted PFAI Player of the Year in 2006. He has also won the Coupe De France with Strasburg in 2001.
“On the international stage Joseph won 21 caps with Cameroon, winning the African Cup of Nations twice (2000 and 2002) and was at 2 World Cups (France 1998 and Japan/South Korea 2002).”
The island of Achill has a population of just 2,500, and the Cameroonian is probably best known in Ireland for his successful campaigns with Shelbourne a decade ago, when he helped his side win the league in 2004 and 2006.