Former Ghana midfielder Christian Atsu will be laid to rest on March 17, 2023.
The 31-year-old’s one-week vigil took place on Saturday, March 4, 2023 at the Adzringaneer AstroTurf, which saw a massive turnout of Ghanaians who attended the event to pay their last respects to the footballer.
On February 6, 2023, Atsu lost his life in an earthquake that struck parts of Turkey and Syria.
The West African nation has been thrown into a state of shock and grief following news of the former Chelsea and Newcastle United wideman’s death.
The Ghanaian star’s Turkish agent has revealed that rescue workers have found the former Chelsea and Newcastle player’s body days after searching the building where he lived.
The footballer’s family and the entire football world were left worried after mixed news about the winger’s whereabouts days after an earthquake struck the city where he lived.
A Ghanaian player from Hatayspor was initially said to have been rescued in the city of Hatay – the epicenter of the earthquake, which killed more than 50,000 people and wreaked havoc in 11 provinces.
However, he has yet to be found in any hospitals despite a fresh frantic search by his club officials, causing concern in the football world about the well-liked player’s condition.
The 31-year-old footballer said Atsu’s Turkish agent, Murat Uzunmehmet, was trying to reach him under the ruins of the Ronesons’ residence, the building where he lived.
“Atsu’s lifeless body was found under the rubble. At this time, his belongings are still being removed. His phone was also found,” Uzunmehmet said while talking to Demiroren News Agency.
Atsu was confirmed dead after being found under the rubble almost a fortnight after the devastating earthquake in Turkey.
The 31-year-old was playing for Hatayspor and scored just five hours before disaster struck the European country.
The winger joined Hatayspor on a free transfer on September 6, 2022 after leaving Saudi Arabia’s Al-Raed. He scored 1 goal in 4 appearances for Hatayspor.
Feyenoord Ghana, Porto U19, Porto, Chelsea, Vitesse, Everton, Bournemouth, Malaga, Newcastle United and Al-Raid.
Atsu spent eight years with Premier League clubs including Chelsea, Bournemouth, Everton and Newcastle.
He was signed by Chelsea in 2013 before being sent on loan to Dutch club Vitesse.
The winger played for Everton, Bournemouth and Newcastle while on loan from Stamford Bridge. Atsu made 121 appearances in his Premier League career.
Atsu became a fan favorite on Tyneside between 2016 and 2021, making 107 appearances and scoring eight goals.
He moved to Newcastle from Chelsea on a permanent deal in 2017 for £6.2 million.
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