FIFA, Ghana FA, NFF, Chelsea, Premier League Newcastle, Others Mourn Christian Atsu

FIFA, Ghana FA, NFF, Chelsea, Premier League Newcastle, Others Mourn Christian Atsu

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By Amaechi Agbo

The world football fraternity have continued to express their grief and condolences following the death of Christian Atsu, a former Chelsea, Newcastle and Ghana Black Stars player whose death was confirmed on Saturday, February 17, 2023.

Atsu, 31, was among thousands of persons trapped in the rubble of 7.8 magnitude that hit Turkey and Syria on Monday 6.

Following 11 days of efforts to rescue him and others, Atsu’s dead body was found on Saturday as confirmed by his agent, Nana Sechere and his last club, Hatayspor of Turkey

The Ghanaian footballer had been missing since the 6 February quake that caused the collapse of his apartment in Antakya, Hatay, Turkey.

His agent Nana Sechere, who has been in Hatay, confirmed the news on Saturday on Twitter, writing: “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.

“My deepest condolences go to his family and loved ones. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their prayers and support.”

World Football governing body FIFA, Ghana Football Association, GFA, Nigeria Football Federation, NFF as well as Chelsea,  Premier League, Newcastle, Everton Football Clubs have paid their tributes and expressed sadness over his death.

“We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Christian Atsu.

“Our thoughts and condolences are with his family, friends and all those affected by the earthquake in Türkiye and Syria,” FIFA said via tweet.

The Nigeria Football Federation, NFF said “We Are sending our deepest condolences to the family of Ghanaian international Christian Atsu, his friends and our brothers @ghanafaofficial. May his soul rest in peace 💔 🙏” the federation said via it’s Twitter handle

“The Ghana Football Association has received the sad news of the recovery of the body of Christian Atsu from the rubble following the earthquake that struck Southern and Central Turkey on Monday, February 6, 2023.

“The Ghana Embassy in Turkey, his club Hatayspor and his agent Nana Sechere have confirmed that the body was recovered early this morning, Saturday, February 18, 2023 after almost two weeks of emotional torture.

“We would like to express our deepest condolences to his wife and children, the family, loved ones and the football community,” Ghana FA said inna statement on their verified Twitter handle.

Premier League and Everton Football Club also expressed their condolences

“We are deeply saddened by the news Christian Atsu lost his life in the devastation of the earthquakes that have hit Turkey and Syria.
 
‘Our thoughts and condolences are with Christian’s family and friends and everyone affected by this tragic event,” Premier League said

Everton expressed their sympathy to Atsu’s family, club and “everyone affected by his death”

Christian Atsu frequently paid frees prisoners court fines to secure their freedom in Ghana

“We are deeply saddened by today’s news that Christian Atsu has been found dead following the earthquake in Turkey earlier this month.

“Our thoughts are with his family, friends, colleagues at @Hatayspor_FK and everyone affected by this tragic event that has claimed so many lives,” the club said on a tweet

“There are no words to describe our sadness,” tweeted his Turkish top-flight club Hatayspor.

“We will not forget you, Atsu. Peace be upon you, beautiful person.”

Newcastle United also registered their condolences tweeting “We are profoundly saddened to learn that Christian Atsu has tragically lost 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.”

In the aftermath of the quake, Hatayspor initially reported Atsu had been rescued “with injuries”, but a day later that position changed.

Christian Atsu won 65 caps for Ghana and helped the Black Stars reach the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations final in Equatorial Guinea where Ghana lost to Ivory Coast on penalties.

The earthquake and aftershocks in southern Turkey and northern Syria are known to have killed more than 40,000 people.

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