Former President John Dramani Mahama has urged Ghanaians to pray for Christian Atsu, a former Black Stars player who is purportedly buried beneath the wreckage of a collapsed structure as a result of a 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Turkey.
“Let’s continue to pray for our brother Christian Atsu and his club director.
The city of Hayat is in the region affected by the earthquake. Let’s continue to pray that God spares their lives,” Mr Mahama posted on Facebook shortly after news of Atsu’s disappearance was made public.
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After the devastating earthquake that shook Turkey and Syria overnight, many more people have been hurt in addition to the more than 2,400 fatalities.
A search and rescue effort is reportedly under way for Atsu, a player for Turkish Super Lig side Hatayspor.
Atsu is still missing, despite the fact that two of his team members and members of the technical staff have been saved.
Atsu joined Chelsea in 2013, although he never played a competitive minute for the team because he was loaned out to Everton and Newcastle for several seasons.
Atsu has participated in more than 30 games for Ghana’s senior national team, the Black Stars, since making his debut in 2012.
He competed for Ghana in two Africa Cup of Nations competitions and the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
At the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, where he also earned Player of the Tournament and Goal of the Tournament, he contributed to the team’s second-place result.