A morning earthquake that struck Turkey and Syria is believed to have caught former Black Stars footballer Christian Atsu among the fatalities.
Rescue and search operations are in progress.
Atsu presently plays for the Turkish football team Hatayspor.
Atsu is reportedly among those still missing as a search and rescue mission gets under way. Media sources indicate that the former Chelsea and Newcastle United player is among many members of his new squad who had to be rescued following the earthquake.
Taner Savut, the club’s sporting director, is also imprisoned while rescue efforts continue.
Atsu was a young player when he first transferred from Porto to Chelsea in 2013, and he later went on several loans.
Prior to moving permanently to Newcastle United in 2017, having never played a Premier League game for Chelsea, he briefly played for Everton and Bournemouth.
He joined the Saudi club Al-Raed after playing more than 100 games for the Magpies in 2021, although he later left the Middle East for Turkey in the summer.
Just hours before the earthquake hit, he scored his first goal for the team this past weekend.
According to authorities, the calamity has claimed the lives of over 1,300 people and wounded 6,000 more.
Hours after the first earthquake, a large aftershock with a magnitude of 7.5 struck southern Turkey.
According to reports, it was once more felt in both Iraqi Kurdistan and Syria.
The confusion has also affected other athletes, including football players.
Hours after the initial earthquake, a powerful aftershock with a magnitude of 7.5 struck Turkey’s south. Hatayspor manager Volkan Demirel’s wife sent an emotional message in response.