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SOCCER - GHANA MOURNS PLAYER ATSU KILLED IN TURKEY EARTHQUAKE

   

Soccer - Ghana mourns player Atsu killed in Turkey earthquake

ACCRA (Reuters) - Ghanaians gathered outside the country's parliament building in Accra on Friday for the state funeral of national soccer team winger Christian Atsu, who died during the earthquake in southern Turkey last month. 

Funeral of late Ghanaian footballer Christian Atsu Twasam in Ada
Funeral of late Ghanaian footballer Christian Atsu Twasam in Ada© Thomson Reuters
 
Funeral of late Ghanaian footballer Christian Atsu Twasam in Accra
Funeral of late Ghanaian footballer Christian Atsu Twasam in Accra© Thomson Reuters

    Atsu had gone missing after the Feb. 6 earthquake following the collapse of an apartment building in Hatay. His body was later found under the rubble and flown back to Ghana. 

Funeral of late Ghanaian footballer Christian Atsu Twasam in Ada
Funeral of late Ghanaian footballer Christian Atsu Twasam in Ada© Thomson Reuters

 He was 31.

Mourners silently filed past Atsu's coffin, which arrived draped in Ghana's national flag. Family, fans and beneficiaries of his charitable donations remembered him as a philanthropist.

"He's even more than a football player," said Fedna Asare, a family friend. "His name will forever be in our hearts because he has helped a lot of people."

Atsu had been scheduled to fly out of southern Turkey hours before the quake but the Ghanaian had opted to stay with the club after scoring the winning goal in a Feb. 5 Super Lig match. 

Funeral of late Ghanaian footballer Christian Atsu Twasam in Accra
Funeral of late Ghanaian footballer Christian Atsu Twasam in Accra© Thomson Reuters

The disaster killed more than 54,000 people in Turkey and Syria.

(Reporting by Cooper Inveen; Editing by Nellie Peyton and Alex Richardson) 

Funeral of late Ghanaian footballer Christian Atsu Twasam in Accra
Funeral of late Ghanaian footballer Christian Atsu Twasam in Accra© Thomson Reuters
 
 
Reference: Story by Reuters • Friday

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