The physique of Ghana soccer star Christian Atsu arrived in Accra, Ghana on Sunday night after it was flown from Turkey, Ghana’s Ministry of International Affairs and Regional Integration (MFA) stated.
“The mortal stays of the previous Ghana Black Stars participant, the late Christian Atsu, whose demise occurred in the course of the current earthquake in Türkiye was obtained by the Household, Authorities officers, and the Ghana Soccer Affiliation at a solemn ceremony on the Kotoka Worldwide Airport, as we speak Sunday, nineteenth February 2023” Ghana’s MFA tweeted Sunday.
“The stays was accompanied by his household and Ghana’s Ambassador to Türkiye, H.E. Francisca onboard a Turkish airways flight,” Ghana’s MFA added.
Ghana’s Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia and a big army procession met the coffin on arrival in Accra.
“Atsu performed for the Black Stars, and he was a lot cherished, and we are going to sorely miss him,” Bawumia stated.
“I wish to lengthen my condolences to the Ghana Supporters Union, and to all Ghanaians, for this loss. It’s a painful loss, a really painful one,” added Bawumia.
“We hoped towards hope, each day that handed, we prayed and prayed. However alas, when he was discovered, he was no extra,” he stated.
Male went missing after the magnitude 7.8 earthquake hit Turkey and Syria on February 6, and within the speedy aftermath, there was confusion as experiences from Turkey and his agent had initially stated that Atsu had been positioned and was in a hospital, however it will definitely got here to gentle, opposite to experiences, that Atsu remained unaccounted for.
Atsu had been taking part in for Hatayspor in Turkey’s Süper Lig and previous to that, he had represented Premier League sides Everton and Newcastle.
The winger was a part of Ghana’s nationwide crew that performed within the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations closing, whereas he additionally represented the Black Stars on the Brazil World Cup in 2014.