Hopes appear to be fading out fast as rescuers still continue to search for Ghana and Hatayaspor’s player – more than 72 hours after the catastrophic 7.7 magnitude earthquake hit Turkey and Syria.
The former Chelsea and Newcastle forward went missing in the early hours of Monday morning, with an initial 1,700 people reported dead.
The number has now risen staggeringly to 16,000 as of yesterday. Hundreds of thousands of people have been left homeless in the middle of winter.
Atsu and the Sporting Director of Hatayaspor, Taner Savut, were the remaining members of his team that were missing since the disaster.
On Tuesday, many news portals reported that the Ghanaian attacking midfielder had been pulled out alive from the rubbles, but the news later turned out to be inaccurate.
Meanwhile, Ghana forward Bernard Tekpetey has joined millions of fans praying for the safe return of Atsu.
“I know Atsu who takes care of the less privileged people, so I think God is also not going to let him down. Our prayers go to the victims of this unfortunate incident in Turkey,” he told Ghanasoccernet.
“I felt bad after news broke out, Atsu has been trapped under rubble, it can happen to any of us but we will give thanks to God for saving our brother. He might pick injuries but so far as he’s alive, things will work for him
BY TIMES SPORTS REPORTER