Osenho D/A Basic school in the Asene Manso Akroso (A.M.A) district of the Eastern region paid their respects to to the late Black Stars player Christian Atsu Twasam.
The School children pays a glowing tribute to the late footballer who passed away as a victim of the earthquake in Turkey at the ongoing Asene Manso Akroso district gala (Asuoso zone )
In a group picture, the Osenho D/A Basic school players with a plaque written ‘ RIP Atsu’.
Photo credit: Odacitizen.com
On 6 February 2023, 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.
Atsu had been scheduled to fly out of southern Turkey hours before the quake, but Hatayspor’s manager said he stayed with the club after scoring the winning goal on 5 February match.
On 7 February, club vice-president Mustafa Özat said Atsu had been rescued and was recovering in hospital, while on 8 February manager Volkan Demirel said that Atsu and sporting director Taner Savut were still missing.
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 6 a.m. GMT.
Atsu’s former club Newcastle United paid tribute to him at their game against Liverpool on 18 February. Prior to the start of the game, a minute of applause was held before the start of the game. Atsu’s widow and their children were in attendance. A minute of applause was observed at all Premier League venues, with his other former clubs Chelsea, Everton and Bournemouth leading the charge.
The Premier League’s Twitter account tweeted:
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.
His body was flown from Turkey to his family in Ghana on Sunday evening, 19th February 2023, with a short ceremony held at the VIP lounge of the Kotoka International Airport to welcome the body.
The ceremony was attended by family, friends and loved ones of the deceased footballer, including Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia.
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