Worldwide soccer participant Christian Atsu has been discovered alive and is in “secure situation” at a neighborhood hospital following Monday’s earthquake in southern Turkey, the Ghana Soccer Affiliation and Atsu’s agent stated on Tuesday.
“We’ve acquired some optimistic information that Christian Atsu has been efficiently rescued from the rubble of the collapsed constructing and is receiving remedy. Let’s proceed to wish for Christian,” the Ghanaian FA posted on Twitter.
Atsu’s agent, Nana Sechere, informed CNN on Tuesday that his consumer was in a “secure” situation at a neighborhood hospital after being efficiently rescued from the rubble of a collapsed constructing. Atsu was not instantly accounted for within the aftermath of the earthquake.
Atsu, who performs for Hatayspor in Turkey, had been celebrating on Sunday night time after he scored a last minute winner in his membership’s 1-0 dwelling league recreation towards Kasimpasa, his agent stated.
“There have been numerous stories out of England and Ghana that Christian was secure, however the first official affirmation I had was on Tuesday morning,” Sechere stated.
“I used to be informed by the membership that he was in hospital and that he’s secure. He doesn’t have his cellphone and, like all of us, he can’t bear in mind his numbers by coronary heart so I’ve to proceed to attend to talk to him,” he stated.
Sechere stated that Atsu had been taking part in poker till 3:30 a.m. native time with associates on Monday and received dwelling round 4 within the morning.
The agent stated he acquired a name from Hatayspor membership officers at 5 a.m. saying the constructing Atsu was in had been fully destroyed and that they couldn’t pay money for him.
“The final I’d heard from Christian was midnight. I hoped he was awake and that the earthquake hadn’t occurred whereas he was sleeping,” Sechere stated.
“His constructing was an 11-story constructing and he was on the ninth ground. The membership officers have been attempting to assist me discover him, nevertheless it was so laborious as a result of, understandably, they have been looking for their very own associates and households as nicely,” he added.
“However I even bear in mind when he signed for Hatayspor and we went to the hospital for a medical. Even then it was busy with folks queuing and other people on the ground. So I can solely think about what it’s like with this case,” Sechere stated.
Atsu’s former membership Everton stated on its official Facebook page: “We’re relieved to listen to Christian Atsu has been efficiently rescued and is recovering in hospital. Our ideas proceed to be with everybody affected by the earthquakes in Turkey and Syria.”
Greater than 5,000 deaths have been confirmed in Turkey and Syria with over 21,000 folks injured following earthquakes that rocked the area on Monday.
In Turkey, casualties have been reported in 10 provinces, together with Hatay, which is dwelling to Atsu’s soccer group Hatayspor.
He had beforehand represented prime English golf equipment equivalent to Chelsea, Everton, Bournemouth and Newcastle.