With confirmation of the retrieval of winger Christian Atsu ’s body on Saturday by Ghana’s embassy in Turkey putting paid to any hopes of rescuing him alive, tributes have started pouring in all over.
The remains of the player have since arrived in his home country of Ghana Sunday evening where his body was taken to a military morgue. The Government and the Tswasam family will confer on the funeral arrangement.
Christian Atsu Tswasam made 65 appearances for the Black stars emerging as Player of the Tournament at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).
Former Chelsea and Black Stars coach Avram Grant revealed it was a delight working with the 31-year-old.
Liverpool and Newcastle paid tribute to 🇬🇭Christian Atsu but it’s the shot of his wife and kids that will break you💔💔😢😢pic.twitter.com/SGxNhWsV7L— George Addo Jnr (@addojunr) February 18, 2023
Ghanaian journalists Gary Al-Smith and Owuraku Ampofo also summed up the humanitarian and sports man on international platforms.
Other tributes poured in from Black Stars team mates, celebrities, FIFA, Newcastle fans and Nigerian comedian Dr. Craze.
There was a minute of silence observed during matches in the premier league while non-football enthusiasts moved by testimonies of his interventions for prisoners charged on petty crimes, widows, orphaned and trafficked children, and those due for surgery prayed for safe passage of his soul.
by michael eli dokosi/www.blakkpepper.net