Christian Atsu: Ghanaian soccer participant discovered useless below earthquake rubble in Turkey


The physique of Ghana soccer star Christian Atsu was discovered below rubble on Saturday, in accordance with his agent, nearly two weeks after the earthquake that devastated Turkey and Syria.

“It is with the heaviest of hearts that I have to announce to all well wishers that sadly Christian Atsu’s body was recovered this morning,” Atsu’s agent Nana Sechere tweeted. “My deepest condolences go to his family and loved ones.”

The physique of the Hatayspor participant was recovered from below the rubble of a destroyed constructing in Antakya, Turkey’s state information channel TRT Haber reported on Saturday.

His physique can be despatched to Ghana, in accordance with an announcement by his membership Hatayaspor on Twitter. “Peace be upon you, beautiful person. There are no words to describe our sadness,” the assertion added.

Atsu went lacking after the magnitude 7.8 earthquake hit Turkey and Syria on February 6, killing at the least 45,513 individuals, with at the least 39,672 dying in Turkey, in accordance with the most recent quantity given by Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu.

In the rapid aftermath, there was confusion as studies from Turkey initially stated that Atsu had been positioned and was in a hospital, however on February 8, Sechere tweeted that it had come to gentle, opposite to studies, that Atsu was nonetheless lacking.

Before becoming a member of Hatayspor final yr, Atsu had performed within the Saudi Pro League for Al Raed FC. He had additionally represented a number of English golf equipment, together with Chelsea, Everton, Bournemouth and Newcastle.

Newcastle United, for whom Atsu performed from 2016 to 2021, making 121 appearances and serving to the membership acquire promotion to the English Premier League, tweeted: “We are profoundly saddened to study that Christian Atsu has tragically misplaced his life in Turkey’s devastating earthquakes.

“A talented player and a special person, he will always be fondly remembered by our players, staff and supporters. Rest in peace, Christian.”

Everton stated on Twitter that it was “deeply saddened, ” whereas Chelsea stated in an announcement that the membership “sends our heartfelt condolences to Christian’s family and friends.”

Atsu represented his nation 65 occasions, serving to the Black Stars attain the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations remaining. Though Ghana misplaced that match to the Ivory Coast on penalties, Atsu was named participant of the event.

Ghana’s Football Association despatched its “deepest condolences” to Atsu’s spouse and kids.

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