Nando Pijnaker and Max Mata, the New Zealand duo playing for Sligo Rovers in Ireland, have been recognized for their performance in the first matchday of the Irish top-tier football league. The team drew 1-1 against Shamrock Rovers, and both players were selected in the team of the week for their contributions to the match.
Pijnaker and Mata are no strangers to the international football scene, having already represented their country at the highest level. Pijnaker, a 23-year-old defender, has previously played for the New Zealand U-20 and U-23 teams, while 22-year-old Mata has made one appearance for the New Zealand national team.
Their solid performance in the first match of the league is a good sign for Sligo Rovers, who are hoping to improve on their fifth-place finish in the previous season. The team will look to build on this result and continue to compete at the highest level of Irish football.