Igor Stimac has been smart in bringing in new players: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu

first_img Indo-Asian News Service KolkataOctober 13, 2019UPDATED: October 13, 2019 21:12 IST Gurpreet Singh Sandhu was at his best in Doha last month. (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSGurpreet Singh Sandhu said coach Igor Stimac has been very smart in introducing a host of new facesIndia will take on Bangladesh in a World Cup qualifier on October 15 at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati KriranganIndia are still to win a game in Group E after losing narrowly to Oman 1-2 and holding Qatar to a famous 0-0 drawIndia football team goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu on Sunday said coach Igor Stimac has been very smart in introducing a host of new faces so that when important players like centre-back Sandesh Jhingan miss out, the team does not suffer.Jhingan suffered a tear on the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his left knee during their 1-1 draw against North East United FC (NEUFC) on Wednesday. The 26-year-old will have to undergo surgery that may rule him out for six months.India will take on Bangladesh in a World Cup qualifier on October 15 at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan in Kolkata.”Its a very important game for us, no doubt in that. And I hope he (Jhingan) recovers well, and recovers soon from the injury. I think the coach has been very smart from the start that he has brought in the mixture of young players so that we have those options and competitiveness in every single position,” Gurpreet told reporters ahead of India’s first practice session in Kolkata. They arrived at the city on Sunday after a 10-day camp in Guwahati.Talking about Jhingan’s injury, Gurpreet said: “It’s something we didn’t want but I’m pretty sure the coaching staff is prepared for that. And we will have players coming in for Sunday’s position. We won’t have his experience, but we have players that can fill in his position and release back.”India are still to win a game in Group E after losing narrowly to Oman 1-2 and holding Qatar to a famous 0-0 draw. Gurpreet was at his best in Doha last month as he made a host of saves to keep the Asian champions at bay. The 27-year-old however played down the enormity of the draw, saying that he has played tougher games in his career.advertisement”I expected to win. I don’t think it’s a dream show. It was my job. I played more difficult games but that never came into light maybe because we lost the game. It’s not that it’s a game that never played before. It was just that against a good opposition. It’s time to move on and replicate that in future.He believes that the experience of playing and getting a point against such a big side was good for the younger players in the team. “A lot of players got the chance after a long break be it Mandar Rao Desai, Nikhil (Poojary), Manveer Singh. All of them played after a long time and that too against a team like Qatar. We truly believe in them and hopefully they can provide us in games like Bangladesh,” he said.Jhingan was brilliant at centre-back too. Asked if he has to shoulder more responsibility in Jhingan’s absence, Gurpreet said: “I hope there are other people to take the responsibility as well.”Bangladesh lost 0-2 to Qatar in their last game but gave a good account of themselves at home. They also lost to Afghanistan in their campaign opener.”We all watched the game. They’re a good team. They play with heart and they make it tough for the opposition as well. So it’s not an easy game,” Gurpreet said.”They made it really difficult for Qatar. So we just need to make sure that we don’t do any mistakes and go out on the pitch playing our strengths,” said the Bengaluru FC goalkeeper.India, placed fourth, have one point from two games while bottom-placed Bangladesh are still to open their account in the five-team group.Also See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow Indian football teamFollow Gurpreet Singh Sandhu Next Igor Stimac has been smart in bringing in new players: Gurpreet Singh SandhuIndia will take on Bangladesh in a FIFA World Cup qualifier on October 15 at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan in Kolkata.advertisementlast_img read more

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Student Justice Centre needs help filling food bank

Student athletes Beth Hone, Ariana Falasca and Jessica Bagnulo show off some of the haul collected during the Student Justice Centre’s food drive to fill the campus food bank, which runs until Aug. 23. Got one too many jars of tomato sauce in your pantry?Perhaps you went a little crazy when macaroni and cheese was on sale and now you have no room for your haul.The Student Justice Centre will gladly help out by taking any non-perishable food items to help fill the campus food bank in time for the new school year.Drop-off bins are located at the Collabratorium (TH 252A), the General Brock Store, Campus Store, Walker Complex, BUSU office, International Centre (second floor) and near the entrance of the Schmon Tower until Aug. 23.Student volunteers will also pick up donations at offices throughout campus. Email [email protected] to make arrangements. read more

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Homelessness serious threat to refugees in Poland Bulgaria and Slovakia – UN

Where is my home?, a collection of three studies on housing issues and homelessness among refugees and asylum-seekers in the three countries, is part of a regional initiative by UNHCR in central Europe and is based on research conducted in 2012.The study found that up to 10 per cent of people receiving international protection in Poland are “living in extreme homelessness” – without a roof over their head. Between 30 and 40 per cent are categorized as “living in housing exclusion” – sheltered, but without permanent accommodation. Only 20 per cent of Poland’s asylum-seekers and refugees are living in “secure and adequate” housing conditions.“The refugee housing crisis in Poland is caused by shortcomings in the integration process and policies that limit the ability of asylum-seekers to find jobs,” Adrian Edwards, a spokesperson for the agency, told reporters in Geneva. The report recommends that refugees in Poland be given greater financial assistance during integration, that they be assisted in finding their first home, and that the State increase the availability of temporary accommodation for refugees who are in the process of integrating, also known as “bridge housing.”In Bulgaria, researchers identified homelessness as a threat at every stage of the asylum process, Mr. Edwards noted. “In addition to discovering homelessness among newly arrived asylum-seekers, researchers found at least one example of a fully integrated refugee who was destitute and living on the street.”A major cause of homelessness in Bulgaria is due to the policy of prolonged detention, says the report. In order to be released, many asylum-seekers falsely declare that they have accommodation elsewhere, but are unaware that these declarations make them ineligible for further State protection.The report on Bulgaria called the country’s refugee integration measures “insufficient in their scope and duration.” Among its 20 recommendations, the report suggests that Bulgarian municipalities become partners in refugee integration to increase the availability of housing and that the country reform its integration process.Researchers in Slovakia found that the country’s official integration centre, a 10-flat complex situated in the city of Zvolen, was empty at the time of the study and had not been occupied by asylum-seekers since 2011. Similarly, nine low-rent apartments in Bratislava earmarked for refugee accommodation were unavailable for occupancy at the time of the study.In 2011, 491 foreigners applied for asylum in Slovakia. Only 12 asylum applications were granted and 91 people were given subsidiary protection. Seven refugees achieved Slovak citizenship. This record improved in 2012, according to the Slovak Ministry of Interior, with 32 foreigners given asylum out of 732 applications, and subsidiary protection granted to 104 people. No refugees were granted citizenship in 2012.The studies were conducted as part of UNHCR’s mandate to promote refugee integration in host countries, and to monitor integration issues such as housing, employment, education and public attitudes towards foreigners and asylum-seekers. Similar research is under way in Romania, Slovenia, Hungary and the Czech Republic. read more

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