CAF mourns tragic death of Christian Atsu

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has issued a statement about the tragic death of footballer Christian Atsu.

The Ghana international, 31, had spells with Premier League sides Everton, Chelsea and Newcastle.

“CAF is saddened by the tragic passing of Ghana international, Christian Atsu following the earthquake in Turkey.”

“Atsu, who represented his country 65 times, played for a number of clubs including Everton, Chelsea, Newcastle in England and Porto. At the time of his tragic death, he was plying his trade in Turkey for Hatayspor.”

“CAF President Dr Patrice Motsepe and African Football Family conveys heartfelt condolences to his family and Ghanaian Football Family.”

“May Christian Atsu’s soul rest in peace!” a statement from CAF reads.

Atsu had been missing since the 6 February quake that caused the collapse of his apartment in Antakya, Hatay.

The Ghanaian foreign ministry added that Atsu’s elder brother and twin sister were at the site when his body was recovered.

Atsu’s body was flown back to Ghana on Saturday for burial.

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