Footballer Atsu laid to rest in Ghanaians’ grief

(170306) — ACCRA, March 6, 2017 (Xinhua) — Ghana’s President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo delivers a speech during?Ghana’s 60th?Independence?Day?celebration at the?Independence?Square in Accra, capital of?Ghana, March 6, 2017. Ghana marked its 60th Independence Day at the Independence Square in the capital Accra on Monday, with a host of foreign dignitaries showing up to celebrate its position as the first Sub-Saharan country to attain independence. (Xinhua/Shi Song)

Accra (Ghana), March 18 (IANS) Ghanaian President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo led a government delegation to pay their last respects to former Black Stars player Christian Atsu, who got caught up and died in the earthquake in Trkiye last month.

The funeral on Friday was also attended by Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia, former President John Dramani Mahama, family members, officials from the Turkish embassy in Ghana, ex-footballers and well-wishers, who were all filled with grief and agony.

In a tribute read on behalf of the government by the Minister of Youth and Sports Mustapha Ussif, the government observed that the people will continue to remember the late footballer as a committed and dedicated player, a Xinhua report said.

“The government and Ghanaians in general will continue to remember Christian Atsu as one of the most committed, dedicated and result-oriented youth and a football star of our time,” said the government official.

Former Ghanaian international Atsu was found dead 12 days after the devastating earthquake hit Trkiye and Syria. The 31-year-old had been missing since the earthquake took place in the early hours of February 6.

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