John Mahama calls on Ghanaians to pray for Christian Atsu

Former President John Dramani Mahama has added his voice to the fervent prayers Ghanaians are making for former Black Stars player Christian Atsu.

John Mahama and Christian Atsu

The leader of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) said Ghanaians should continue to pray for the ex-Newcastle player after he was reportedly stuck under the bubble from a massive earthquake that hit Turkey today.

In a post on Twitter, Mr. Mahama said: “Let's continue to pray for our brother, Christian Atsu, and his club director. The city of Hayat is in the region affected by the earthquake. Let's continue to pray that God spares their lives.”

Christian Atsu came from the bench to score the winner for Hatayspor in the Turkish league last night.

The 31-year-old scored his first goal for the club as Hatayaspor defeated Kasimpasa.


"Important win for the team. Happy to be on the scoresheet," wrote the former Chelsea player on Twitter.

According to reports by Eurofootcom, the Hatayspor player and club director Tanur Savut have been left under the rubble.

Search operations have been able to rescue some of his teammates, but the report said Atsu and Savut could not be found.

More than 1,500 people have died and rescuers are racing to pull survivors from beneath the rubble after the devastating earthquake ripped through Turkey and Syria, leaving destruction and debris on each side of the border.


One of the strongest earthquakes to hit the region in a century shook residents from their beds at around 4 a.m. on Monday, sending tremors as far away as Lebanon and Israel.

The epicenter of the 7.8-magnitude quake was 23 kilometers (14.2 miles) east of Nurdagi, in Turkey’s Gaziantep province, at a depth of 24.1 kilometers (14.9 miles), the United States Geological Survey (USGS) said.


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