Christian Atsu Twasam was a Ghanaian professional footballer who primarily played as a winger, although he was also deployed as an attacking midfielder.
Deceased Black Stars Winger, Christian Atsu Twasam scored ten (10) goals in his eleven(11) year international career.
Asu made his debut at the age of 20 for the Ghana Black Stars in July 2012 against Lesotho and scored his debut goal .
He made 60 appearances for Ghana with his last appearance coming in 2029 . He played four African Cup of Nations tournaments and one World Cup.
He scored 3 goals in 20 games at AFCON, 4 goals in 14 AFCON qualifies games, and 3 goals in 9 World Cup games .
Christain Atsu was named the best player and Goal of the Tournament at the 2015 AFCON when Ghana finished runner-up in the tournament.
Watch his goals for Black Stars
About His Death
On 6 February 2023, Christian Atsu went missing in the immediate aftermath of the 2023 Turkey–Syria earthquake; he was feared to be among those trapped under the rubble of Hatayspor’s headquarters in Antakya following the quake. Subsequent reports were conflicted over Atsu’s fate following the quake, with some reports indicating he had been rescued, while others denied these claims. As of 9 February 2023, no definitive information on his condition and whereabouts was available.
On 14 February, Atsu’s agent confirmed two pairs of his shoes had been found, but that Atsu himself had still not been found. On 18 February, confirmation was received by his agent that his body was recovered from the rubble of the building he was residing in. News outlets reported his death at approximately 6am GMT.
Ghana’s Foreign Ministry Reacts To Christian Atsu’s Death
Reactions from Ghana Football Association
‘We would like to express our deepest condolences to his wife and children, the family, loved ones and the football community’, GFA tweeted
The Ghana Football Association has received the sad news of the recovery of the body of Christian Atsu from the rubble following the earthquake that struck Southern and Central Turkey on Monday, February 6, 2023.
May his Soul Rest in Peace! 🖤🕊️
📰: https://t.co/iJ38HQWPtv pic.twitter.com/6gjdkxlvzy
— Ghana Football Association (@ghanafaofficial) February 18, 2023
Fans, teammates and former black stars player mourn after Christian Atsu’s death
President Akufo-Addo mourns tragic death of midfielder Christian Atsu
I extend sincere, heartfelt condolences to the widow, children and family of our fellow Ghanaian, Christian Atsu, on the sad news of his death. Ghana football has lost one of its finest personnel and ambassadors, one who will be difficult to replace. He’ll be sorely missed. 1/2 pic.twitter.com/CqTkEsY4Op
— Nana Akufo-Addo (@NAkufoAddo) February 18, 2023
Stephen Appiah – former Black Stars Captain
This was not the news we were expecting bro but God knows best.
My condolences to the widow and family of our brother Christian Atsu.
May he find rest. We will miss you ❤️🇬🇭#RIPChristianAtsu pic.twitter.com/VJYPGWapzy
— Stephen Appiah (@StephenAppiah) February 18, 2023
Asamoah Gyan – former Black Stars Captain
This video @ASAMOAH_GYAN3 , May his soul rest in peace 🥀 #RIPChristianAtsu 🇬🇭💔 pic.twitter.com/6JMgne8iBv
— Han💕 (@_hanelle1) February 18, 2023
THANK YOU,THANK YOU,YOU 🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿💔💔💔 pic.twitter.com/wMGIS3swGX
— ASAMOAH GYAN (@ASAMOAH_GYAN3) February 18, 2023
— ASAMOAH GYAN (@ASAMOAH_GYAN3) February 18, 2023
Wakaso – Teammate and best friend
— M.M.JUNIOR WAKASO (@WakasoBobby) February 18, 2023
— M.M.JUNIOR WAKASO (@WakasoBobby) February 8, 2023
Yes Yes Yes ! You belong to the MOST HIGH GOD ! He will find a perfect place for you to rest in Heaven 😭💔🙏🏿 pic.twitter.com/Yc6oMltVZL
— Sammy Anim Addo (@AnimSammy) February 18, 2023
Christian Atsu’s final moment as a footballer, scoring a free-kick in the last minute to win the game for Hatayspor, just hours before the earthquake struck.
Life is so short and unexpected, treasure every moment. RIP Christian Atsu 🙏🖤 pic.twitter.com/7xJT4v7C5I
— ToonArmy (@toonarmy_com) February 18, 2023
Hmm this is so sad 😭, can’t even eat #RIPChristianAtsu pic.twitter.com/XeYVRxWbkI
— Ama Beauty ❤️ (@AmaSweetPussy1) February 18, 2023
Jon Benjamin British Ambassador to Mexico and previously represented the British government in Chile, Ghana, Turkey, Indonesia, and the United States
I’m desperately sad to wake up here in #Mexico to final confirmation of the tragic death in #Turkey of my friend #ChristianAtsu @ChristianAtsu20, a baller, a gentleman, an exemplary person, gone far too soon. #RIPChristianAtsu I’ll miss you. Thank you for being a friend pic.twitter.com/V9Pl4CFmrK
— Jon Benjamin 🇬🇧🏴🇲🇽🇨🇱🇬🇭 ✡️ (@JonBenjamin19) February 18, 2023
We are deeply saddened by the news Christian Atsu lost his life in the devastation of the earthquakes that have hit Turkey and Syria.
Our thoughts and condolences are with Christian's family and friends and everyone affected by this tragic event. pic.twitter.com/GLqXdd80Xl
— Premier League (@premierleague) February 18, 2023
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