Ghana’s President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has called for prayers for Ghanaian international footballer, Christian Atsu.
The former Chelsea and Newcastle player scored a 97th-minute winner for Turkish top-flight side Hatayspor on Sunday night, February 5, 2023, as they beat Kas?mpasa 1-0, however just hours later was reported missing following the 7.8 magnitude quake that brought down whole apartment blocks in several Turkish and Syrian cities.
In an Instagram post shared on Monday, February 6, 2023, president Akufo-Addo said that it is his prayer and that of Ghanaians that Atsu is found alive.
Akufo-Addo also commiserated with the people of Turkey and Syria over the deaths and devastation caused by the earthquake.
“On behalf of the Government and people of Ghana, I extend heartfelt condolences to the Governments and peoples of Turkey and Syria on the devastation and the tragic loss of lives occasioned by Monday’s earthquake. May their souls rest in perfect peace.
“Our hearts and prayers go out to the survivors, and we pray that our fellow Ghanaian, Christian Atsu, is found safe and sound.”