Former Black Stars players such as Asamoah Gyan and Sulley Muntari have paid their respects to the family of the late Christian Atsu.
Baffour Gyan, Emmanuel Agyamang-Badu, and Haminu Dramani were also seen at the former Newcastle star’s family home in Ogbodjo, Accra.
In an online video, players are shown following the customary Ghanaian family welcome, which is led by Atsu’s brother, who many Ghanaians have noted resembles the late footballer.
The majority of the photos were also shared on Twitter by sports journalist Juliet Bawuah, as seen below.
Former Black Stars players Sulley Muntari, Agyeman Badu, @ASAMOAH_GYAN3, and Haminu Dramani visited Atsu's family home to commiserate with them. pic.twitter.com/EUZFGBUP35
— Juliet Bawuah (@julietbawuah) February 21, 2023
Christian Atsu’s corpse was transported by air from Turkey to Ghana for his final journey to the land of no return.
Atsu, a winger for many European teams, including Newcastle United and Chelsea, as well as the Ghanaian national team, was declared dead early on Saturday.
Atsu’s lifeless body was found under the rubble for more than 11 days, during which about 45,000 people perished as a result of the earthquake. Christian Atsu passed away on Saturday, February 18, 2023, at the age of 31.
His agent has regrettably verified this. The former Premier League player, who played for both Newcastle United and Chelsea, vanished on Tuesday, February 7, following the dreadful earthquake that rocked Turkey and Syria on Monday, February 6.
While conflicting claims about the player’s location dominated tabloids throughout the world, the discovery of his death early on Saturday morning has brought sombre confirmation of the dreadful news by his agent.
He scored a last-second winner for his current club Hatayspor against Turkish Super Lig rivals Kasimpasa on February 5 at home, just hours before the awful incident occurred. In September of last year, Atsu switched sides and was there in Antakya when the earthquake that occurred earlier this month occurred.
His agent, Nana Sechere, said: “It is with the heaviest of hearts that I have to announce to all well-wishers that sadly Christian Atsu’s body was recovered this morning My deepest condolences go to his family and loved ones. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their prayers and support.
“I ask that whilst we make the necessary arrangements, everyone would please respect the privacy of the family during this very difficult time.”