Christian Atsu’s Remains Return Home to Ghana
A football player named Christian Atsu died in an earthquake in Turkey two weeks ago. His body has now been returned to his home country of Ghana. The coffin carrying Atsu’s body arrived in Accra on Sunday and was taken by members of the Ghanaian military.
Atsu was found dead in his home in southern Turkey, where he played for the Hatayspor club. He had played 65 times for Ghana’s national football team and for Premier League teams Everton and Newcastle. Ghana’s Vice-President Mahamudu Bawumia expressed his sadness at Atsu’s death and promised he would receive a proper burial.
Atsu, a footballer who used to play for Newcastle, unfortunately, died in a big earthquake in Turkey that caused his apartment to collapse. Although there was some confusion about whether he had been rescued, his agent later confirmed that he had died. Over 44,000 people lost their lives in the disaster.
Atsu’s family and Ghana’s ambassador brought his body back to Ghana on a plane, where they were met by his relatives and officials from the Ghana Football Association. His coffin was then taken to a military hospital.
Many people have paid tribute to Atsu since his death. Fans in Newcastle held a minute’s silence for him before a match, and his face was shown on the big screen. In the Netherlands, Ghana’s captain Mohammed Kudus scored a goal and paid tribute to Atsu by removing his jersey to reveal a white shirt with “RIP Atsu” written on it.
The charity Arms Around The Child also praised Atsu for his work helping abandoned children and those who have been trafficked.