“We don’t know if he’s still alive” – Confusion Looms On Christian Atsu’s Whereabouts. Christian Atsu’s Turkish club Hatayspor’s coach revealed on Wednesday that the Ghana midfielder has yet to be discovered, despite Ghana’s Football Association (GFA) declaring earlier this week that he had been found.
The GFA announced on Tuesday that Atsu had “been successfully retrieved from the wreckage of the fallen building and is undergoing treatment” following the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that hit early on Monday.
Atsu spent four seasons at Chelsea before joining Newcastle United on a permanent basis in 2017. He joined the Turkish Super Lig club Hatayspor in September, headquartered in the southern region of Hatay near the epicentre of Monday’s earthquake.
“I don’t have good news, still not found under the rubble,” Volkan Demirel told AFP. Gaynor Frascione, Atsu’s image agency, expressed concern about her client.
😞 Aunque se informó que Christian Atsu fue encontrado vivo después del terremoto que sacudió a Turquía, el directivo del Hatayspor, Mustafa Özat; su representante, Nana Sechere, y el entrenador Volkan Demirel señalaron que el futbolista ghanés de 31 años aún está desaparecido. pic.twitter.com/7E4deVhuSG
— Baloa ⚽️ (@BaloaFootball) February 8, 2023
“We don’t know. Everyone is trying to locate in which medical centre he could be,” she told AFP.
“We don’t know (if he’s still alive).
“There were also 18 Ghanaian students in this building, the ambassador for Turkey said he was rescued, a doctor made a statement, but it’s a complete mayhem.”
Before moving to Saudi Arabia in 2021, Atsu played five seasons with Newcastle, appearing in over 100 appearances.
In September 2019, he got his 60th Ghana national cap. Dozens of countries have provided assistance since the earthquake, which has been hampered by frigid conditions. The most recent death toll is around 11 200 people.