NEW DELHI: India’s first-choice goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu says Tomislav Rogic is the best goalkeeping coach he has trained under. Rogic, who has been training the Indian goalkeepers for the King’s Cup has worked with clubs like Shaktar Donetsk, Zenit Saint Petersburg, Club Brugge in the past. “He is the best I have ever worked with in the National team set-up, and even Club Football in India,” Gurpreet said. On the current Croatian recruit, Gurpreet said: “His experience, and most importantly his ability says it all. I can say with full confidence, especially after I was fortunate enough to experience it in Europe that he is someone of the highest level. Also Read – We don’t ask for kind of tracks we get: Bowling coach Arun”He is a class apart. I am sure anyone who will train under him will immensely benefit from him in becoming a better goalkeeper.” Gurpreet is the first Indian to play in a Europa League qualifier. Asked what value addition has Rogic been able to incorporate into the goalkeeping department, Gurpreet said: “He comes from the level which we all Indian goalkeepers aspire to reach. “The level of intensity in training, the speed of his training is right up there. Also Read – Bastian Schweinsteiger announces retirement, could join Germany set-up”For me to match it every day, to be in that kind of top notch training in this camp has been an exceptional experience indeed. “In fact, right on the first day itself, we realised that this camp will be going to be far more different. We gauged, that this man is special, and this is what we need to get to reach to the next level as goalkeepers. Gurpreet, who has been manning the post for some years now, rated Rogic at the top as goalkeeping coach. “From my experience of having trained with the National Team, and even at the Club level, he stays right at the top. It is so good to have someone who finally knows how to push you the right manner, and show to us what more we can do, and in which manner.”
“The Secretary-General offered his deepest condolences for the loss of life, and noted he had issued a strong statement on the attack,” the spokesperson said in a note to the media. “He expressed strong solidarity with the people of Lebanon and commended the Prime Minister, the Government and the President for their handling of the matter.”Following the earlier call with the Prime Minister, the UN chief spoke with Lebanon’s President Michel Sleiman. In that call, according to Mr. Ban’s spokesperson, the Secretary-General expressed outrage over the bombing and his hope for a speedy recovery for those wounded, as well as his condolences. He also underscored the need to bring the perpetrators to justice.The attack occurred in the capital city’s mainly Christian district of Ashrafiya and, according to media reports, killed at least eight people while injuring dozens others. Among the dead was General Wissam al-Hassan, a senior commander in the Lebanese Internal Security Forces.“The Secretary-General underscored the importance of President Sleiman and Prime Minister Mikati continuing their policy of protecting Lebanon by dissociating the country from regional events,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said. “The Secretary-General affirmed the strong commitment of the international community for Lebanon’s sovereignty and stability,” the spokesperson added. “Noting the need for strong leadership at this critical time, he pledged his support to President Sleiman and Prime Minister Mikati.”On Friday, the UN chief had condemned the bomb explosion, and urged all political actors in the Middle Eastern country to maintain their commitment to Lebanese unity. The members of the Security Council issued a press statement of a similar nature.The incident comes amidst fears that the conflict in neighbouring Syria, where more than 20,000 people, mostly civilians, have died since an uprising against the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad began last year, could spill over into Lebanon and exacerbate the delicate sectarian balance already existing in the country.