Black Stars Players Unanimously Pay Final Tribute to Christian Atsu During Training

Black Stars Players Unanimously Pay Final Tribute to Christian Atsu During Training

Lukman Mumuni
March 22, 2023 at 12:00 PM
  • Black Stars players have paid their final tribute to Christian Atsu
  • They are preparing for Ghana's AFCON qualifiers against Angola
  • Atsu died last month following an earthquake in Turkey and Syria

Players of Ghana's senior national team, the Black Stars, came together to pay their final respects to former teammate, Christian Atsu.

Atsu tragically died following an earthquake which hit Turkey and Syria last month.

The former Chelsea and Newcastle United player, whose body was found 12 days later under the rubble of his apartment, was laid to rest on March 17 in his home country.

Christian Atsu, Black Stars, Ghana, Angola
Black Stars players have paid tribute to late Ghana international, Christian Atsu. Credit: @GhanaBlackstars
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The Black Stars will engage Angola in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier on Thursday and during training on Tuesday, the players shared a moment to pay respect to Atsu.

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In a photo posted on social media, a huge banner with the inscription 'RIP Christian Atsu' was displayed at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium.

The late winger played 65 times for the Black Stars, scoring nine goals before deciding to stay away from the national team after AFCON in 2019.

Black Stars await AFCON challenge

Meanwhile, Ghana will host the Palancas Negras of Angola in Kumasi for the first leg of their double-header. The team will leave for Luanda four days later for the second leg of the qualifying tie.

Ghana sit top of Group E after two matches and will seal qualification if they collect all six points on offer.

Chelsea auction jerseys for Atsu

Elsewhere, Sports Brief reported on English giants, Chelsea honouring the late Atsu by helping complete a school building he had started.

The Ghanaian spent five seasons on the books of the Blues despite failing to make a competitive appearance for the Stamford Bridge outfit.

On Saturday, Chelsea engaged Everton in an English Premier League game and this game will help complete the work Atsu had started.

Adebayor pays tribute to Atsu

Emmanuel Adebayor has paid emotional tribute to Atsu after attending the final burial of the late winger.

The former Ghana international was laid to rest in his hometown of Ada on March 17 in a sombre memorial.

Atsu was among the many who tragically died following the earthquake in Turkey and Syria on February 6.

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