The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration has received the unfortunate news of the recovery of the body of Christian Atsu from the rubble of his apartment, following the earthquake which struck Türkiye on 6th February, 2023. This comes after almost 12 days of tortuous search by a rescue team.
The Ghana Embassy in Türkiye which conveyed the sad news, indicates that the body was recovered early this morning, Saturday, 18th February, 2023. The elder brother and twin sister of Christian Atsu and an Officer of the Embassy were present at the site when the body was recovered.
Government extends to the widow and family of Christian Atsu our deepest condolences. The Embassy is currently making the necessary arrangements with the assistance of the Government of Türkiye to have the body transported to Ghana for burial. The public will be updated on further developments.
About Christian Atsu
Christian Atsu was a Ghanaian professional soccer player who played for premier league club Newcastle United as a winger. He has been playing in Europe since 2011, when he signed with Porto of the Portuguese Premier League and quickly made an impact, winning consecutive league titles in 2011 and 2012.
In 2013, Christian transferred to Chelsea where he was loaned out to other clubs such as Everton, Bournemouth and Malaga until eventually signing with Newcastle in 2017.
Since then, Christian solidified himself as a key component of the team’s attack, making over 80 appearances for the Magpies. In 2019, he helped lead them back into the English Premier League after their relegation two years prior.
Sources: THX News & Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration of Ghana.