The Twasam family expressed gratitude to the Turkish government for its assistance in airlifting the body of late Ghanaian player Christian Atsu, and President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has conveyed that gratitude.
In a meeting with the departing Turkish Ambassador to Ghana, President Akufo-Addo discussed the assistance provided by the Turkish government in the transportation of Christian Atsu’s remains.
He pointed out that Ghana and Turkey have always enjoyed a cordial bilateral relationship that has benefited both nations.
“We thank you again for the cooperation and assistance that you gave our government for the repatriation of our compatriot to Ghana. The family has asked me to personally express their gratitude to you and the Turkish government for the assistance,” he said.
Christian Atsu’s remains, who perished in the earthquake that struck Turkey on February 6, 2023, arrived in Ghana on Sunday, February 17, 2023, and a sorrowful ceremony was held in his honor.
On March 4, 2023, a week-long memorial service for the late footballer was conducted in Accra.
Politicians, musicians, filmmakers, as well as active and former football players, attended the celebration.
Christian Atsu will be buried on Friday, March 17, in a ceremony that will take place on the State House Forecourt, it was revealed during the event.
The 2015 AFCON, when Atsu received Player of the Tournament honors, was the pinnacle of his national team career. Atsu made over 60 appearances for Ghana and scored 10 goals.
He was a player for numerous clubs in Europe and the Middle East, including Porto, Newcastle, Malaga, Bournemouth, and more.