Atsu: Former Newcastle Player Still Missing One Week After Turkey Earthquake

Christian Atsu, a 31-year-old Ghanaian former Newcastle United player, has been missing for more than a week after two earthquakes occurred in Turkey and Syria on February 6th. Reports initially indicated that Atsu, who had been playing for Turkish Hatayspor since September, had been saved from the rubble of a building that collapsed during the disaster. However, his agent, Nana Cichree, confirmed on Twitter on February 8th and 9th that Atsu had not been found.

On Tuesday, Cichree released an update stating that while two pairs of Atsu’s shoes had been found, he had not. She also reported that she was on the earthquake site in Hatay with Atsu’s family, and the scenes were “unimaginable” and her heart goes out to all those affected. Additionally, she stated that thermal images had shown signs of five people alive, but that confirmation had not been obtained.

Cichree appealed to the president of Hatayspor and the mayor of Hatay, Lutfo Savas, to provide more resources to accelerate the rescue operation as a priority. She noted that many relief operations were being delayed due to the lack of resources available for personnel, and that the club was not with them in the field or beside them in the search for Atsu.

Former Newcastle United player Christian Atsu has been missing for more than a week after two earthquakes occurred in Turkey and Syria on February 6th. His agent, Nana Cichree, confirmed on Twitter on February 8th and 9th that Atsu had not been found. On Tuesday, Cichree released an update stating that while two pairs of Atsu’s shoes had been found, he had not. She reported that she was on the earthquake site in Hatay with Atsu’s family, and the scenes were “unimaginable”. Thermal images had shown signs of five people alive, but confirmation had not been obtained. Cichree appealed to the president of Hatayspor and the mayor of Hatay, Lutfo Savas, to provide more resources to accelerate the rescue operation as a priority. Many relief operations were being delayed due to the lack of resources available for personnel, and the club was not with them in the field or beside them in the search for Atsu.

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