Nana Sechere, the agent of Ghanaian international Christian Atsu, has given an update on the footballer’s whereabouts following his disappearance after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit south-central Turkey and Syria on February 6, 2023. Atsu and Hatayspor club technical director, Taner Savut, were both reported missing after the earthquake.
Although there were initial reports that Atsu had been found, these were later retracted by Hatayspor Board Member Mustafa Zat, leaving Atsu’s location unknown. Nana Sechere has since visited the site of the collapsed building where Atsu was believed to be trapped and has confirmed that the player is still missing.
During his visit, Atsu’s exact room location was located, and two pairs of his shoes were found. While thermal imagery showed signs of up to five lives, no confirmation of life has been made. Despite the efforts of Turkish and foreign rescue teams, local civilians, and volunteers, Atsu has not yet been found.
Nana Sechere has appealed for more resources, including a translator, to aid the search efforts, which he says are moving slowly, causing delays in rescuing survivors and leading to loss of life. He also called on Hatayspor to provide additional resources and assist in the search for Atsu. The agent expressed gratitude for the efforts of those involved in the rescue efforts and sympathy for all those affected by the earthquake