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The lifeless body of Ghanaian footballer Christian Atsuformer Malaga player, has been found under the rubble of a residence in the Turkish city of Hatayone of the most destroyed by the strong earthquakes that struck Turkey and Syria on the 6th.
This has been reported to the Turkish media Atsu’s representative in Turkey, Murat Uzunmehmetconfirming the death of the player international for the Ghanaian national team and the Turkish club Hatayspor, that he was missing.
The 31-year-old striker, who has also been a member of the Porto, Chelsea or Newcastleamong other clubs, died under the rubble of his home in the “Ronesans Residence”, where his relatives, who had moved to Turkey, Rescue work has been going on for days.
Hatayspor manager Fatih Ilek said that Atsu had planned to leave the club, and had bought a plane ticket to France for the same day as the earthquake.but gave up on that plan after scoring a goal in the last minute of the match against Kasimpasa from Istanbul and canceled the trip.
“He had a plane ticket, but he gave up going because he played well and scored. He was caught by an earthquake on his happiest dayIlek commented.
Atsu had been missing since the first day of the earthquakes, measuring 7.7 and 7.6 degrees of magnitude, which left at least 45,000 dead in southeastern Turkey and northern Syria.
Taner Savut, the sporting director of Hatayspor, also lay under the rubble of the Ronesans residence, where Atsu lived, but nothing is known about him yet.
Experts estimate that there are still tens of thousands of bodies under the collapsed buildings.
The Turkish Football Federation approved the withdrawal of the football leagues nine teams, including Hatayspor (Super League), which lost players or suffered heavy damage in the earthquakes.
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