The Nigeria Football Federation express their sympathy to the Ghana Football Association and the football community following the passing of former Ghana winger Christian Atsu who passed on Saturday, February 18, 2023. Nigeriasoccernet.com reports.
The 31 year old former FC Porto, Chelsea FC, AFC Bournemouth, Everton and Newcastle United forward was found dead in the rubble of the recent earthquake that ravaged some parts of Turkey and Syria on Monday, February 06, 2023.
The remains of Christian Atsu were returned to Accra on Sunday, February, 19, 2023.
In the latest tributes sent to the Ghana Football Association, Director of Communication of the Nigeria Football Federation Dr. Mohammed Sanusi describes Atsu as a giant who has left his footprints in the sands of time.
“Our collective grief knows no bounds for a highly dedicated professional who was one of the very best at his craft, a super patriot who served Ghana to the best of his abilities and a stellar talent of the beautiful game.” The GFF revealed Sanusi’s letter on their official website.
“We remember Atsu as that rare talent who was the overwhelming choice for Player of the Tournament at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations finals ii Equatorial Guinea, and also won the Goal of the Tournament award. His 65 caps and nine goals for the Black Stars make him of the sterling individuals in Ghana’s International game in the past two decades.
“His sense of dedication to duty is underscored by his eye-catching 90th minute goal that won the game for his Club, Hatayspor in a Turkish league game less than 24 hours before the earthquake happened. We mourn a true Black-Star who gave his all to the game, but we are consoled by the giant footprints he left in the sands of time, and pray that God Almighty will grant him eternal rest, and also grant his family, friends, the GFA and the Ghana Football family the fortitude to beat the loss. Please accept our heartfelt condolence.”