The body of Ghana international footballer Christian Atsu will arrive in Accra on Sunday night, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration has said.
This is contrary to some media reports which suggested that the wreckage arrived on Saturday night itself and that no official was at the airport to receive it.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration said in a statement on Sunday morning that the government is making arrangements to receive the remains of former Black Stars player late Christian Atsu.
“The remains will arrive in Accra today, Sunday, 19 February 2023 at 7:40pm, accompanied by his family and the Ambassador of Turkey to Ghana on board a Turkish Airlines flight,” it said.
“The remains will be received by the family, the Ghana Football Association (GFA) and Kotoka International Airport upon arrival from Istanbul, Turkey,” it added.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the bereaved family, and we pray for the eternal repose of Christian Atsu’s soul.”
Christian Atsu’s lifeless body was found under the rubble on Saturday morning after a devastating earthquake struck Turkey.
Black Stars and former Chelsea and Newcastle United forward Christian Atsu was found dead on Saturday after going missing following earthquakes in Turkey.
Atsu, who played for Hatayspor before his tragic death, was one of the star players of the Chelsea academy before moving to Turkey.
31-year-old Hatay lives in an apartment in the city, which suffered extensive damage during the earthquake.
Christian Atsu’s manager, Nana Sechere, traveled to Turkey and provided follow-ups during the week confirming that the body had been found:
“Sadly it is with a very heavy heart that I have to announce to all well-wishers that the body of Christian Atsu has been recovered this morning.
My deepest condolences to his family and loved ones. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their prayers and support.”
“While we make the necessary arrangements, I ask that everyone please respect the family’s privacy during this difficult time.”
Christian Atsu’s twin sister and elder brother were present at the scene when his body was recovered on Saturday morning, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration in Ghana said.
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