The Ghanaian player Christian Atsu, victim of the earthquake that hit Turkey in early February, was veiled this Friday in Accra, capital of Ghana.
Hundreds of people paid their last respects to Christian Atsu in Ghana today 🇬🇭🕊️ pic.twitter.com/8ww53DLdv7
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The president of the African country, Nana Akufo-Addo, led the wake in the presence of Atsu’s family and his former club mates, who wore T-shirts in his honor.
Veiled in a coffin wrapped in the colors of Ghana, fans said goodbye to the idol, who was also known for his social work in his country.
“You didn’t go alone, a part of me is with you. Your love will continue to guide me. You will seem immortal. Your smile, your love, I see you in the smiles of our children,” said his widow, Marie-Claire Rupio, in tears. .
Atsu died at the age of 31 in the earthquake that left more than 50,000 dead in Turkey and Syria in early February. Since September, the Ghanaian had been playing for Hatayspor, in the Turkish first division and based in Antakya (south), close to the epicenter of the incident.
After missing for two weeks, his body was found on February 18 among the rubble of the building where he lived.
Throughout his career, Atsu played for English football clubs, such as Chelsea and Newcastle, and the Porto, from Portugal. He was buried in Ada, his hometown in southeastern Ghana.
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