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Old Footage of Christian Atsu Playing Video Games With Friends Stirs a Whirlwind of Emotions Online
- A throwback video of Christian Atsu having fun with friends has stirred emotions
- Atsu last played for Hatayspor in Turkey, where he met his tragic death
- The final funeral rites of the former Ghana international will be held on March 17
The football world is still yet to come to terms with the tragic passing of Ghanaian footballer Christian Atsu.
Atsu, who played for Premier League sides Everton FC, AFC Bournemouth and Newcastle United, was found dead on Saturday, February 18, 2023, following the earthquake which struck Turkey and Syria.
His body was recovered under the rubble in his home in Antakya, southern Turkey, 12 days after the devastating quake, which claimed over 40,000 lives and rendered many homeless, Eurosport reports.
Christian's body has since been repatriated to his home country, Ghana, ahead of his burial slated for March 17, as announced by the Twasam family at the one-week observation for the former Black Stars winger, per Ghanaweb.
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While tributes continue to pour in, weeks after Atsu was confirmed, an old clip featuring the late footballer has gone viral.
In the footage, seen by Sports Brief, Atsu was filmed sharing a fun moment with his pals as they played video games.
Christian was seen on a bed while award-winning Ghanaian rapper Medikal and popular social media influencer KalyJay engaged in a video game battle. The video stirred emotions among social media users.
Below are some of the comments:
"Sorry, bro. We all do love someone for his good deeds from afar, but when you know him personally, and he’s gone, it hits differently (memories and pain resurface)."
"You'll make me cry."
@SamiraM06919550 expressed her thoughts through emojis:
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Where and when will Atsu be buried?
The date and venue for the final funeral rites of the late Ghanaian footballer Christian Atsu have been announced by the Twasam family.
The announcement was made at the one-week observance of Atsu, who sadly passed away on February 18 following the devastating quake which hit Turkey and Syria.
Joy News reports that following his achievements with the Ghana men's football national team, interlaced with his heartwarming social interventions, Atsu will be given a state burial.
Top stars commiserate with Atsu's family
Meanwhile, Sports Brief reported that a powerful delegation of former Black Stars players led by Anthony Baffoe paid respect to Christian Atsu at the late footballer's one-week observance.
The contingent, clad in an all-black ensemble, included ex-Black Stars captains Stephen Appiah, John Mensah and Asamoah Gyan.
In the video captured by Genesis Media, the umbrella company of YEN.com and Sports Brief, the retired footballers paid homage to the Twasam family.