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Ghana soccer participant Christian Atsu dies in Turkey earthquake – CBS Information

Ghana soccer participant Christian Atsu dies in Turkey earthquake – CBS Information

Christian Atsu, the Ghana worldwide ahead who performed for Premier League golf equipment Chelsea and Newcastle, has died within the earthquake in Turkey. He was 31.

Atsu at present performs for the Turkish membership Hatayspor within the Hatay province, which was hit onerous by the quake. 

Search groups recovered Atsu’s physique within the ruins of a luxurious 12-story constructing the place he had been dwelling within the metropolis of Antakya, Hatay province, his supervisor stated Saturday.

“Atsu’s lifeless physique was discovered below the rubble. In the mean time, his belongings are nonetheless being eliminated,” supervisor Murat Uzunmehmet informed personal information company DHA.

Atsu joined Turkish membership Hatayspor in September and based on CBS Sports activities, Atsu scored the profitable purpose in a 1-0 win over Kasimpasa hours earlier than the earthquake. 

Hatayspor stated Atsu’s physique was being repatriated to Ghana. “There aren’t any phrases to explain our unhappiness,” the membership tweeted.

Ghana President Nana Akufo-Addo posted a photograph of Atsu on his official Twitter account and wrote: “Ghana soccer has misplaced considered one of its most interesting personnel and ambassadors, one who will probably be troublesome to switch. He’ll be sorely missed.”

Former Ghana captain and teammate Asamoah Gyan tweeted “RIP Brother.”

“We’re deeply saddened by the information Christian Atsu misplaced his life within the devastation of the earthquakes which have hit Turkey and Syria.  Our ideas and condolences are with Christian’s household and mates and everybody affected by this tragic occasion,” the Premier League tweeted.

A day after the earthquake there had been reviews that Atsu had been rescued however Hatayspor, after initially saying that it had obtained data that Atsu was alive and on his method to the hospital, stated later that the reviews of a profitable rescue had been mistaken and that he was nonetheless lacking. It had additionally stated the membership’s sporting director, Taner Savut, was nonetheless lacking. 

Savut has not but been discovered.

The contractor of the 12-story Ronesans Rezidans constructing — the place Atsu and Savut lived — was detained at Istanbul Airport every week in the past, apparently making an attempt to go away the nation.

Atsu’s agent, Nana Sechere, traveled to Turkey with members of Atsu’s household in an try to search out him, holding onto hopes that he may be alive amid the wreckage. Sechere had urged authorities and Hatayspor officers to step up their efforts within the seek for Atsu and Savut.

In an announcement Tuesday, Sechere stated rescuers had been in a position to pinpoint Atsu’s actual room location in his collapsed condo constructing over every week after the devastating earthquake however the one factor they recovered had been two pairs of his footwear.

Sechere confirmed Saturday that Atsu’s physique was discovered. He posted a message on Twitter: “My deepest condolences go to his household and family members.”

Atsu performed greater than 60 instances for Ghana and scored on his debut as a 20-year-old in 2012. He was a part of the Ghana squad on the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and starred on the 2015 African Cup of Nations, scoring two objectives to assist Ghana to the ultimate, the place it misplaced in a penalty shootout to Ivory Coast.

He was named the participant of the match at that African Cup.

Atsu was signed by Chelsea in 2013 however his time there was restricted to appearances in exhibition video games and he was despatched out on mortgage to varied golf equipment over the following 4 years. The winger joined Newcastle on mortgage in 2016 and was a part of the group that gained promotion again to the Premier League within the 2016-17 season.

He signed a everlasting take care of Newcastle in 2017 and spent 4 years there. The membership stated Saturday it was “profoundly saddened” by Atsu’s loss of life.

“A proficient participant and a particular particular person, he’ll at all times be fondly remembered by our gamers, employees and supporters,” Newcastle tweeted.

The Ghana Soccer Affiliation added: “We want to specific our deepest condolences to his spouse and youngsters, the household, family members and the soccer neighborhood.”

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