Ghanaian football player Atsu’s body found under rubble in Turkey quake: Agent

Atsu, 31, was caught up in a 7.8-magnitude quake that rocked Turkey and Syria on February 6, killing more than 43,000 people in both countries

Updated - February 18, 2023 02:18 pm IST

Published - February 18, 2023 01:16 pm IST - Hatay

Christian Atsu during his stint with Newcastle United in January 2020.

Christian Atsu during his stint with Newcastle United in January 2020. | Photo Credit: Reuters

The body of former Ghana international football player Christian Atsu has been found after a huge earthquake in Turkey, local media reported on February 18, quoting his manager.

Ghanaian footballer Christian Atsu has been found dead under the building where he lived in southern Turkey after last week’s massive earthquake, the ex-Chelsea winger’s Turkish agent said.

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“Atsu’s lifeless body was found under the rubble,” Murat Uzunmehmet told reporters in Hatay, where the athlete’s body was found. “Currently, more items are still being taken out. His phone was also found.”

Atsu had been scheduled to fly out of southern Turkey hours before the quake, but Hatayspor’s manager said on Friday the Ghanaian opted to stay with the club after scoring the game-winning goal in a February 5 Super Lig match.

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