Soccer ace Christian Atsu has been discovered lifeless 12 days after the Turkey earthquake, his supervisor confirmed right now.
The 31-year-old ex-Newcastle and Chelsea participant had been scheduled to fly overseas hours earlier than the devastating 7.8-magnitude quake on February 6, The Solar reported.
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However the Ghana star reportedly selected to stick with teammates after scoring the game-winning aim in a Tremendous Lig match the day earlier than.
After 12 days of desperately looking for Atsu, his supervisor stated his physique was tragically found buried within the rubble on Saturday.
“Atsu’s lifeless physique was discovered underneath the rubble,” Murat Uzunmehmet stated.
“At present, extra gadgets are nonetheless being taken out. His telephone was additionally discovered.”
Rescue employees discovered Atsu’s physique the place he was staying at Ronesans Residence – a 12-storey block of luxurious flats that toppled over in Antakya metropolis in Hatay.
His agent Nana Sechere stated: “It’s with the heaviest of hearts that I’ve to announce to all properly wishers that sadly Christian Atsu’s physique was recovered this morning.
“My deepest condolences go to his household and family members. I wish to take this chance to thank everybody for his or her prayers and assist.”
Hatayspor, who Atsu signed with in September, stated his physique was being repatriated to Ghana.
“We are going to always remember you, Atsu,” the membership stated.
“Peace be upon you, lovely individual. There are not any phrases to explain our disappointment.”
Former Chelsea captain John Terry tweeted an image of Atsu alongside the message: “RIP my pal.”
There have been preliminary experiences the midfielder had been rescued a day after the quake, however these turned out to be false.
Earlier footage confirmed rescuers with search lights sifting via the wreckage of Atsu’s condominium block on the primary night time of the pure catastrophe.
His voice was then heard within the rubble, together with that of Hatayspor’s Sporting Director Taner Savut, native experiences stated.
Atsu, who has three youngsters with spouse Marie-Claire, spent 4 seasons at Chelsea earlier than a everlasting switch to Newcastle in 2017.
He signed in September for Turkish Tremendous Lig facet Hatayspor.
A number of members of his new staff needed to be rescued from their properties after the earthquake struck at 4am native time.
The huge 7.8 magnitude quake caught early on February 6.
Two additional earthquakes struck within the 24 hours after the preliminary tremor, leaving a path of destruction.
Greater than 43,000 folks at the moment are believed to have died in Turkey and Syria.
And freezing situations and issue getting support to distant areas is fuelling an extra humanitarian catastrophe.
This story first appeared in The Solar and was republished with permission.