On Sunday, Ghana received the body of Christian Atsu, a former Premier League player who was killed in the devastating earthquake in Turkey.
Nana Sechere, Atsu’s agent, made the death announcement on Saturday, stating that the football player’s body was discovered 12 days after the disaster that killed more than 44,000 people in Turkey and Syria.
Atsu, a Ghanaian international who died at the age of 31, had played for clubs like Chelsea, New Castle, Everton, and Porto, among others. At the time of his death, he was playing for Turkish Super Lig side Hatayspor.
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According to Daily Mail, Atsu’s coffin arrived at the Kotoka International Airport in Ghana on Sunday evening.
While friends paid tribute to Ghana’s midfielder, his family was in agony waiting for his coffin to arrive at the airport.
“It is with immense pain and disbelief that we must write these words,” stated an AATC spokesperson. We have held onto the hope that Christian would survive the tragic earthquake that struck Turkey and Syria and be discovered among the rubble.
“Christian Atsu was a truly exceptional and one-of-a-kind individual, and the many hundreds, if not thousands, of lives he helped will carry on his legacy.
He will be remembered as one of the kindest, most talented, and humble people to ever walk the earth.
“A young Ghanaian boy who followed his dreams and was raised in poverty had an incredible football career and used his talent and platform to help others.
“Arms Around The Child was fortunate to know Christian, and we will treasure his support for the children we care for, particularly the children in Senya Beraku, where Christian was building a school for the community. Christian believed in providing children with opportunities for success and a brighter future.
“He never forgot his own roots and didn’t want any more children to be abused, locked up, infected with HIV, sold, or trafficked.”
He was determined to take advantage of his status as a football player to stop this.
In addition, “he had been supporting The Crime Check Foundation in Ghana with their work paying fines for petty crimes that had resulted in incarceration and helping people reintegrate into society and get back on their feet,” according to the statement.