Former Chelsea ahead Christian Atsu lacking after Turkey earthquake


Former Chelsea and Newcastle ahead Christian Atsu is lacking and believed to be trapped beneath rubble following the highly effective earthquake that struck Turkey on Monday and left greater than 2,500 folks lifeless.

The Ghana worldwide, who performs for Turkish membership Hatayspor, is regarded as in a constructing that was destroyed, Hatayspor spokesman Mustafa Ozat mentioned, in accordance with Turkish media.

Ozat mentioned membership director Taner Savut was additionally believed to be in a constructing that collapsed and membership officers couldn’t contact each males. They have been possible trapped, Ozat mentioned.

At the very least two different Hatayspor gamers needed to be pulled out of rubble however have been now protected, Ozat mentioned. Atsu and Savut have been the one two Hatayspor gamers or officers nonetheless unaccounted for, he added.

The 31-year-old Atsu joined Hatayspor, which is predicated within the southern metropolis of Antakya, final yr after a spell taking part in in Saudi Arabia.

The 7.8 magnitude earthquake rocked giant components of Turkey and neighbouring Syria within the pre-dawn hours of Monday.

The quake was centered in Turkey’s southeastern province of Kahramanmaras, and was felt as far-off as Cairo in Egypt. Hours later, a second 7.5 magnitude jolt, which was probably an aftershock, struck greater than 100 kilometers (60 miles) away from the epicenter of the earthquake and triggered extra destruction.

Turkish authorities mentioned greater than 3,700 buildings have been destroyed. The demise toll is anticipated to rise.

Ghana President Nana Akufo-Addo supplied condolences to the folks of Turkey on his official Fb account and added: “We pray that our fellow Ghanaian, Christian Atsu, is discovered protected and sound.”

Ghana Soccer Affiliation spokesman Henry Asante-Twum wrote in an e-mail to The Related Press that they’d no information of Atsu and Ghana’s worldwide relations division was in search of data from Turkish authorities.

Ibrahim Kwarteng, a pal of Atsu, mentioned he had tried calling Atsu however couldn’t attain him.

“We’re solely praying that he might be discovered,” Kwarteng mentioned.

Kwarteng runs a basis in Ghana that helps former prisoners convicted of petty crimes to be reintegrated into society after their launch from jail. He mentioned Atsu was the only largest donor to the muse.

Newcastle mentioned on its official Twitter account it was “praying for some constructive information” concerning Atsu.



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