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Ghana: Christian Atsu’s physique arrives in Accra

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The stays of former Ghana worldwide footballer Christian Atsu who died in a devastating earthquake in Turkey have been being flown dwelling on Sunday, the nation’s international ministry stated.

Atsu, 31, was caught up in a 7.8-magnitude quake that rocked Turkey and Syria on February 6, killing greater than 44,000 individuals in each international locations.

There have been preliminary experiences the previous Chelsea and Newcastle participant had been rescued a day after the quake, however these turned out to be false and his physique was discovered on Saturday.

“The stays will probably be accompanied by his household and Ghana’s ambassador to Turkey on a Turkish airways flight and can arrive in Accra (Ghana’s capital) at 7:40 p.m. Sunday,” the international ministry stated.

On Saturday, the ministry stated that Atsu’s older brother and twin sister have been current on the website of the rescue when his physique was recovered.

His widow Marie-Claire Rupio and their three kids have been within the stands at St James’ Park on Saturday to hitch in a tribute to the participant earlier than Newcastle’s Premier League match in opposition to Liverpool.

Atsu scored the final of his 33 profession targets for Hatayspor in Turkey’s Tremendous Lig on February 5, hours earlier than the quake struck.

“There are not any phrases to explain our unhappiness,” tweeted his Turkish top-flight membership in homage to him.

“We won’t overlook you, Atsu. Peace be upon you, lovely individual.”

He beforehand performed for his nationwide crew the Black Stars and Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo stated “soccer has misplaced one in all its best.