Ghana star Atsu reportedly involve in tragic earthquake
Former Chelsea and Newcastle winger Christian Atsu is reportedly trapped under rubble after the tragic earthquake in Turkey.
Star claims a search-and-rescue operation is underway to find the Ghana star after he was caught up in the 7.8 magnitude quake on Monday.
Atsu, 31, joined Super Lig club Hatayspor from Saudi side Al-Raed last summer.
And several members of his new team had to be rescued by specialists after the earthquake struck.
But it’s claimed that Atsu and Hatayspor’s sporting director Taner Savut remain missing under rubble.
The earthquake hit hard in Kahramanmaras, where Hataysport are based.
Two players and members of the technical staff were “pulled out of the rubble” in a dramatic rescue operation.
And efforts remain ongoing to find Atsu and Savut as quickly as possible.
Over 1,000 people are believed to have died in the earthquake that struck Turkey around 4am on Monday morning.
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And experts say the toll could rise to 10,000 after a second 7.5 magnitude quake hit later on.、
Neighbouring country Syria was also hit badly, with the tremor felt in Egypt and Cyprus too.
More than 1,500 people have died and rescuers are racing to pull survivors from beneath the rubble after a devastating earthquake ripped through Turkey and Syria, leaving destruction and debris on each side of the border.
One of the strongest earthquakes to hit the region in a century shook residents from their beds at around 4 a.m. on Monday, sending tremors as far away as Lebanon and Israel.
In Turkey, at least 1,014 people have died and several thousand are injured, according to the country’s Disaster and Emergency Management Agency (AFAD). In neighboring Syria, at least 592 people have died, including 371 mostly in the regions of Aleppo, Hama, Latakia and Tartus, according to Syrian state news agency SANA, which also reported 1,089 injuries.
Just yesterday Atsu struck a 97th minute for Hatayspor against Kasimpasa.
And fans are praying the winger is found safe and secure.
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One said: “How the world was happy when he scored a goal yesterday, this is how the world appreciates your loved ones, friends.”
Another declared: “The man scored a goal yesterday, he was happy like crazy, now it comes to my mind, I’m crying.”