“He is deeply saddened at the reported high numbers of fatalities and injured, and extends his condolences to the families of the victims and to the people and Government of Lebanon. He wishes a speedy recovery to those injured, said Mr. Ban in a statement issued by his spokesperson in New York.In the statement, Mr. Ban reiterated the support of the United Nations for Lebanon’s institutions, including the Lebanese Armed Forces and security services, in their efforts to safeguard the security of Lebanon and its people.“He trusts they will not allow this despicable act to destroy the relative calm that has prevailed in the country over the past year,” the statement added, also reiterating the need for all parties to continue to work to preserve Lebanon’s stability and security, as called for by the Security Council. “The Secretary-General calls for those responsible for this terrorist act to be swiftly brought to justice,” the statement concluded. Earlier in the day, Ms. Kaag also strongly condemned “the heinous” deadly attack. “Lebanon’s unity, stability and security need to be supported and shielded at all times,” she said in statement on the attack, in which according to media reports at least 37 people were killed and more than 181 wounded by suicide bombers.“The international community stands by Lebanon,” she added, voicing profound condolences to the families of the victims, and wishing a speedy recovery to the injured.She stressed the need for those responsible for terrorist acts to be brought to justice, and expressed her strong support for the Lebanese Armed Forces and the security services.
TORONTO — Simon Karlsson Adjei, a Swedish striker with Ghanaian roots, is York 9 FC’s first international signing.The 25-year-old has ties to York 9 head coach Jim Brennan, having played for him with Aurora FC in League 1 Ontario. Adjei had 19 goals in 19 games in 2016 to rank second in the league.“You kind of knew right away that the kid had something … he was a great talent,” said Brennan.“You just knew he’s got to go back to Europe. Obviously I kept a tab on him. We knew the CPL was coming down the line and I flew over to go watch him in Sweden this year. He scored 30 goals during the season so the guy can score … we’re lucky we got him.”Born in Sweden to a Ghanaian father and Swedish mother, Adjei most recently played for Assyriska IK in a lower Swedish league.The seven-team Canadian Premier League is set to kick off its inaugural season in April.York, which will play out of north Toronto, will be joined by HFX Wanderers FC (Halifax), Forge FC (Hamilton), Valour FC (Winnipeg), FC Edmonton, Cavalry FC (Calgary) and Pacific FC (Victoria).“I’m super-excited,” said Adjei. “This will be a great year, I’m sure.”Adjei believes the time is right for him to join the new league.“For me to come in now with my confidence and my experience, especially confidence from the year that I had in Sweden, I think it’s perfect timing for me to be a part of history.” Adjei originally came to Canada after an intermediary contacted Brennan and said the player wanted a change in lifestyle.“We had him here for a year. He’s a good kid, great to work with,” said Brennan, a Canada Soccer Hall of Famer.Brennan said York 9 beat several Swedish first division teams in signing Adjei this time.“It’s not often you find a guy that’s as clinical as he is. He sure does know how to find the back of the net. He’s a big man — he’s 6-3 — a good target, he’s got good pace, great feet.”Adjei said his time in Canada helped him grow.“As I always say, the more you grow outside the field, the more you will automatically grow on the field as well,” he said. The CPL has yet to divulge its salary cap. Commissioner David Clanachan has said while clubs can sign a maximum of seven international players, the starting roster must be more than half Canadian (six players).———Follow @NeilMDavidson on Twitter.Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press