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Christian Atsu’s remains arrive in Ghana for burial

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The remains of former footballer Christian Atsu who died in a devastating earthquake that struck Turkey and Syria almost two weeks ago, arrived in Ghana on Sunday.

Atsu, 31, was caught up in a 7.8-magnitude quake that rocked Turkey and Syria on February 6, killing more than 44,000 people in both countries.

There were initial reports the former Chelsea and Newcastle player had been rescued a day after the quake, but these turned out to be false and his body was found on Saturday.

The remains were accompanied by his family and Ghana’s ambassador to Turkey on a Turkish airlines flight according to Turkey’s foreign ministry.

Family members wait for the arrival of the coffin containing the remains of Christian Atsu. AFP Photo

On Saturday, the ministry said that Atsu’s older brother and twin sister were present at the site of the rescue when his body was recovered.

His widow Marie-Claire Rupio and their three children were in the stands at St James’ Park on Saturday to join in a tribute to the player before Newcastle’s Premier League match against Liverpool.

Atsu scored the last of his 33 career goals for Hatayspor in Turkey’s Super Lig on February 5, hours before the quake struck.

He previously played for his national team the Black Stars and Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo said “football has lost one of its finest ambassadors, one who will be difficult to replace”.

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