According to reports from Turkish media sources and confirmed by Priningonline.com, Christian Atsu, a 31-year-old Ghanaian Talisman playing for Hatayspor in Turkey, who was previously reported missing following a magnitude earthquake, has been found alive but injured. Atsu has been rescued from the rubble and taken to the hospital for treatment, suffering from injuries to his right foot and breathing difficulties. This information has also been reported by Portuguese outlet A Bola.
Journalist Saddick Adams reported that he had been in touch with the management team of soccer player Christian Atsu and confirmed that he is safe. Earlier, Adams tweeted that Atsu was on the 9th floor of a collapsed building with 9 other players and 2 officials, and that 3 players and one official had been rescued. The club, Hatayspor, has not yet confirmed the news. The sporting director and a club interpreter are currently unreachable.
Onur Ergun and Burak Oksuz were successfully rescued, while Kerim Alici managed to escape on his own. Portuguese player Rúben Ribeiro and Cape Verdean player Zé Luís are also safe. The earthquake that struck Southern Turkey and Northern Syria has caused over 2,500 deaths, with thousands more injured and displaced, according to local authorities.