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Saturday 19 October 2019

Lopes goes into unknown

Roberto Lopes. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Roberto Lopes. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Shamrock Rovers man Roberto Lopes admits he's heading into the unknown this week as he prepares to begin his senior international career with Cape Verde Islands at the age of 27.

It was an important weekend off the field for the Hoops as club members were formally informed of a proposal for Dermot Desmond to take a 25 per cent stake in the club.

Members will get to vote on whether to accept the proposal, which would keep 50 per cent of control in the hands of the membership but with Desmond and long-time backer Ray Wilson each owning 25 per cent.

"In a note to club members, Mr Desmond confirmed that should he become a shareholder his intention is not in pursuit of monetary gain and there is no financial or asset play," the club said.

"Mr Desmond sees any involvement as being more akin to a trustee than a shareholder.

"He believes that the proposed investment would put the club on a sound financial footing, providing stability to allow the long term benefits of the club's Academy plan to bear fruit and to afford Shamrock Rovers the continued opportunity to credibly pursue success on the pitch."

That success has seen Jack Byrne win a senior Ireland cap and Lopes could also become an international as he travelled to France yesterday to hook up with the Cape Verde Islands squad for two friendly games, qualifying through his father.

"It came about quickly and it's still a bit surreal," Lopes told 98FM.

"I have done a bit of research, but I don't know how many of them speak English and I don't speak Portuguese, but I can't wait to get going and try to do well."

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