Management of Hatayspor winger, Christian Atsu has released a press statement on his search.
Christian Atsu is amongst thousands of people who were affected by an earthquake that struck some cities in Turkey and Syria in the morning of Monday, February 6, 2023.
A day after the sad incident that has killed over 33,000 thousand people so far, news went swirling that Atsu, who was reportedly missing alongside Hatayspor Sporting Director Taner Savut has been found. However, the reports turned out to be untrue.
In the latest development, the management of the former Chelsea and Newcastle United winger has pleaded with the Turkish government to provide them with more resources to aid their search for the player.
The statement read:
It has been 9 days since the earthquake and we still have not located Christian.
I am at the quake site in Hatay with Christian’s family. The scenes are unimaginable and our hearts are broken for all the people affected.
During my time here we have been able to locate Christian Atsu’s exact room location, and we have found two pairs of his shoes.
Yesterday we received confirmation that thermal imagery was showing signs of up to 5 lives, however, I am told that the only real confirmation of life is through sight, smell and sound, and unfortunately we were not able locate Christian.
This is a difficult situation and we are extremely grateful to all the Turkish and foreign rescue teams, local civilians and volunteers for their efforts and response in rescuing survivors.
However, we urgently need more resources, including a translator, on the ground. Things are moving incredibly slow and as a result of that many rescues are being delayed, and lives are being lost due to the lack of resources available to the workers.
It is unfortunate that the club is not on the ground with us, side by side, in the search for Christian. Their position and influence, accompanied with their local knowledge would be extremely helpful. We implore the President of the club and mayor of Hatay, Lütfü Savaş to provide additional resources to speed up the rescue efforts as a priority.