Christian Atsu: Ghana funeral for footballer killed by Turkey earthquake

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Hundreds of people including Ghana’s president are paying their last respects to Christian Atsu, who died in last month’s earthquake in Turkey. His funeral is being held outside State House in Ghana’s capital, Accra.

The late footballer’s widow and children are there, as are representatives of Ghana’s national team and Atsu’s Turkish club Hatayspor. His body was recovered a fortnight after the quake from the rubble of his apartment building. It was returned to Ghana almost a month ago. He will be buried later in his home village in south-eastern Ghana.

Atsu, 31, spent most of his career playing in the English Premier League for clubs including Chelsea, Newcastle and Everton. He also made 65 appearances for Ghana, and helped the national side reach the finals of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea – where he was awarded goal and player of the tournament. Many Ghanaians have told the BBC that Atsu will be remembered for his love for humanity, and for supporting the underprivileged in the country.

Hundreds of mourners and well-wishers filed past Atsu’s body on Tuesday to say their farewells. Drumming and brass bands have been part of the colourful cultural display at an otherwise solemn event.

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