Critical things you need to know about Christian Atsu

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Christian Atsu in happier times
Christian Atsu in happier times
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Christian Atsu Twasam made his earthly entry to Ghana on Jan. 10, 1992 via parents Emmanuel Twasam and Ms Afiko Twasam.

He is a native of Ada Foah in the Greater Accra Region. Christian Atsu says his father is Ada while his mother is a Ewe from Ghana’s Volta Region.

Atsu who has a twin sister make up the pack of 10 children of their father who eked out a living fishing and farming.

Needless to say he found himself in an impoverished state depending on the benevolence of kind people who supported him with boots and other football gear to pursue his dream.

Thanks to the Feyenoord’s African Academy in Accra, Christian Atsu Twasam enjoyed excellent schooling as well as the fundamentals of his football training.

By 2010, Atsu made a brief sojourn to Portugal joining Porto. It will be at Porto as a teenager that Chelsea would be swayed by his skills and make a swoop for him.

Christian Atsu with wife Marie-Claire Rupio and kids
Christian Atsu with wife Marie-Claire Rupio and kids. Photo credit: Instagram.

Christian Atsu’s Wife and Kids

The Porto stint remains significant in Atsu’s journey as it wasn’t only the place Chelsea sough his hand but also where he crossed paths with Marie-Claire Rupio, the lady who would become his wife in 2012. They’ve gone on to birth two boys and a girl.

Atsu’s Chelsea’s dream did not materialize as without playing a first-team game, he was sent on loan to Vitesse Arnhem, Everton, Bournemouth and Málaga before finding a home in Newcastle.

Teams Christian Atsu Played For

Atsu joined Everton on loan on August 13 2014

On May 29, 2015, Atsu was loaned to newly promoted Premier League team Bournemouth

On Feb. 5, 2016, Atsu made his debut for Málaga on loan

On August 31, 2016, Atsu joined Newcastle United on a one-year loan deal with an option to buy clause in the contract and made a debut on Sept. 13

In May 2017, Atsu signed a four-year deal to join Newcastle for £6.2 million from Chelsea and departed on June 1, 2021.

After winning the player of the tournament and goal of the tournament awards at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea, Atsu became a household name.

“One of my best times in football was Equatorial Guinea 2015,” he recounts. “Through that tournament a lot of people in Africa now recognise me.”

Charity Work of Christian Atsu

Atsu is big on charity work or social interventions. He is an ambassador for ‘Arms Around the Child’ which operates in Ghana, South Africa and India providing homes, protection, education and support for children who have been orphaned, abused, affected by HIV/Aids, trafficked, sold or live in child-headed households.

“I donate often, so they can buy food and stuff,” says Atsu, who hasn’t forgotten the grim reality he faced coming up.

Atsu together with Ibrahim Oppong Kwarteng, Executive Director of Crime Check Foundation (CCF) have also facilitated the release of hundreds of imprisoned men and women in Ghana who had committed petty offenses ranging from the stealing of discarded aluminum, banana and others.

Christian Atsu’s finances have saved lives, brought liberation and restored dignity to hundreds who couldn’t raise their bail monies and get imprisoned yet had not committed violent crimes.

It dovetails into the conversation of Ghana adopting Community Sentencing for petty offenses rather than the current Prison Sentencing regime.

Such offenders can be made to clean streets, desilt choked and smelly gutters and graze overgrown lawns.

Contribution as Ghana International

First senior cap and scoring debut for the Black Stars on June 1, 2012 against Lesotho

In 2013, Atsu was in the Ghanaian squad for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa helping the team place fourth

Selected for the 2014 FIFA World Cup squad

A t the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, Atsu scored twice in a 3–0 win over Guinea in the quarter-finals. He helped the team to the final losing on penalty shootout to the Ivory Coast.

Christian Atsu also emerged Player of the Tournament and got Goal of the Tournament award for his strike against Guinea

Christian Atsu in Black Stars shirt
Christian Atsu in Black Stars shirt

Hatayspor Turkey Journey

Christian Atsu signed a one-year deal with Hatayspor in Turkey on September 6, 2022. The 31-year-old has had a relatively good time with the Turkish Super Lig side.

Last night, Atsu scored the winning goal with the last kick of the game to grab all three points for Hatayspor only for news to emerge the winger and midfielder was feared to be among those trapped under the rubble of Hatayspor’s headquarters in Antakya following the quake of Feb. 6, 2023.

A powerful earthquake struck south-eastern Turkey, near the Syrian border, killing more than 2,000 people as they slept, trapping many others in the early hours of Monday.

For hours, Atsu was declared missing together with the director of his club Taner Savut. The US Geological Survey said the 7.8 magnitude tremor struck at 04:17 local time (01:17 GMT) at a depth of 17.9km (11 miles) near the city of Gaziante with a second quake hitting the Elbistan district of Kahramanmaras province.

UPDATE:

The Ghana Embassy in Turkey has via a press release acknowledged the recovery of Christian Atsu’s body from the rubble on Saturday, Feb. 18. This effectively confirms the death of the 31-year-old winger nearly two weeks after the earthquake.

The combined death toll in Turkey and neighboring Syria has exceeded 41,000.

Blakkpepper wishes the Twasam family strength in these difficult times.

Atsu death press release
Atsu death press release

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