Christian Atsu Not Found: Club Says It Was A Mistaken Identity
- Christian Atsu has not been found contrary to earlier reports, the players club has disclosed
- The club made the unfortunate disclosure on Wednesday, February 8, 2023, a day after Ghanaians and Atsu's family celebrated the news that he's been found alive from a pile of rubble
- The earthquake in Turkey has claimed the lives of at least 7,000 people in both Turkey and Syria
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Christian Atsu's club in Turkey where a devastating earthquake has claimed thousands of lives has said contrary to earlier reports, the Ghanaian international has not been rescued from the rubble.
Hatayspor deputy chairman and press spokesperson Mustafa Özat said it is an unfortunate turn of events for the club and the family of the player who have been on edge since Monday, February 6, 2023.
"I received information that Christian Atsu was removed from the rubble, but the information received at the moment is that Atsu and Taner Savut are under the rubble, I hope good news will come as soon as possible," he said.
On Tuesday, reports from credible sources in Turkey claimed Atsu had been rescued alive from a huge pile of rubble with some injuries and breathing difficulty, bringing joy to many Ghanaians and the player's family.
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Atsu was said to be in the same building as Taner Savut when the earthquake hit.
The latest revelation by the club will mostly heighten concern from the philanthropic player.
Also, Hatayspor Sporting doctor Gurbey Kahveci told Hurriyet Turkey, a news outlet, that a vigorous search at the hospital where the player was said to have been taken to for treatment has failed to produce him.
"When we heard the news that 'he was taken to Dortyol Hospital', we especially went and looked, but he was not there. At the moment, we accept that [the sporting director] Savut Taner and Christian Atsu were not found [on Monday night], unfortunately," Joy News quoted the Kahveci.
Ghanaian students in the part of Turkey where the earthquake hit are safe
Meanwhile, YEN.com.gh has reported in a related story that Ghana's ambassador to Turkey has disclosed that every Ghanaian in the part of Turkey where the devastating earthquake wreaked havoc has been accounted for.
Francisca Ashitey-Oduntun disclosed that most of the Ghanaians in Hatay and surrounding cities were students.
She told GTV on Wednesday, February 8, 2023, that all 18 Ghanaians in the city are safe and sound.
The earthquake has so far claimed the lives of 7,000 people in both Turkey and Syria where the catastrophe also hit.
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