Turkey/Syria earthquake: Ghanaian Christian Atsu trapped in the rubbles


There is fear for the life of Ghanaian international player, Christian Atsu who is trapped in rubbles after massive earthquakes rocked Turkey on Monday.

Atsu, 31, plays for Turkish Süper Lig club Hatayspor and the Ghana national team.

He was reported to be trapped in the rubbles of the quake with Hatayspor Sporting Director Taner Savut.

Leading Turkish sport presenter Yagız Sabuncuoglu tweeted that “Hatayspor Sporting Director Taner Savut and Cristian Atsu were left under the rubble. Search and rescue teams are looking for two names.

“Search and rescue efforts continue for Cristian Atsu and Taner Savut. Both names have not been reached yet.”

The Ghana Football Association, also in a tweet said “We pray for Ghana International Christian Atsu and victims of the earthquake in Turkey and Syria.

We continue with our efforts to establish contact with officials of Hataspor and the Turkish Football Federation, considering the difficult situation.

He began his career with Porto, also spending a season on loan at Rio Ave. In 2013, he was signed by Chelsea for £3.5 million, who subsequently loaned him to Vitesse Arnhem, Everton, AFC Bournemouth and Málaga. After spending the 2016–17 season on loan at Newcastle United, he completed a permanent transfer to the club in May 2017.

A full international with over 60 caps since his debut in 2012, Atsu has represented Ghana at the 2014 FIFA World Cup and two Africa Cup of Nations tournaments. He helped the team finish as runners-up at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, in which he also won Player of the Tournament and Goal of the Tournament.