Ghanaian Atsu was found alive under the rubble due to the earthquakes in Turkey
Monday – 15 Rajab 1444 AH – 06 February 2023 AD
Atsu scored a goal hours before he was lost (Reuters)
Hatay (Turkey): «Asharq Al-Awsat»
The British newspaper “Mirror” said that the Ghanaian Christian Atsu, the former player of Newcastle England, was found alive under the rubble and trapped, unable to get out, amid a state of foot injuries and a feeling of being unable to breathe, following the devastating earthquakes that struck Turkey, on Monday.
The vice-president of Hatayspor, a competitor in the Turkish Football League, said that Ghana’s international wing Christian Atsu is still missing, after the collapse of a residential building in Hatay following the two strong earthquakes that struck the country today, Monday.
Hours after scoring the goal of his team’s 1-0 victory in the seventh minute of stoppage time over Qasim Pasha yesterday, Sunday, Atsu became missing after a 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck Turkey and Syria caused the collapse of entire residential blocks in a number of cities in the two countries.
Mustafa Ezzat told the Turkish Play Sport TV: “Christian Atsu and (the club’s sports director) Taner Safwat are still under the rubble.”
He told BN: Sports »The rescue teams rescued a number of club players and officials, and the club is working to help others.
Atsu, 31, played for Newcastle and Everton, competitors in the English Premier League, on loan from Chelsea, but he moved to the Turkish team last September.
“We pray for some positive news,” wrote Newcastle, whom the player helped advance to the English Premier League in the 2016-2017 season, on Twitter.
The Football Association of Ghana tweeted: “We pray for Ghana international player Christian Atsu and the victims of the earthquakes in Turkey and Syria. We still hope for positive news.
Atsu has not played a match with Ghana since 2019, but he has not officially retired from international football.
Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo tweeted: “Our hearts and prayers go out to the survivors, and we pray that our compatriot Christian Atsu will be found safe and sound.”
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