After Christian Atsu’s body was recovered from the rubble of his apartment on Saturday following the earthquake that struck Turkey on February 6, 2023, the President of the Republic of Ghana, H.E. Nana Akufo-Addo, expressed sympathy to the player’s family.

A 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck Turkey and Syria killed more than 43,000 people, including the 31year old Ghanaian player.

“On behalf of the government and people of Ghana, I extend sincere, heartfelt condolences to the widow, children, and family of our fellow Ghanaian, Christian Atsu, on the sad news of his death,” Akufo-Addo wrote on Facebook on Saturday. “The LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away.”

“One of Ghana football’s finest personnel and ambassadors has passed away, and he will be greatly missed.

“Until the Last Day of the Resurrection, when we will all meet again, may his soul rest in the Bosom of the Almighty. Amen!” Added Akufo-Addo.

“Currently making the necessary arrangements with the assistance of the Government of Turkey to have the body transported to Ghana for burial,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated.

Atsu won 65 caps for Ghana and helped the Black Stars get to the final of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea, where they lost on penalties to Ivory Coast.