Christian Atsu, a former Chelsea winger is still missing more than a week after the earthquakes that struck Turkey and Syria on 6 February, according to his agent.
The update comes after reports that the Ghana Football Association had claimed that the former Christian Atsu had been successfully rescued from the rubble of a collapsed building following an earthquake in southern Turkey and is currently receiving treatment.
But the 31-year-old Ghanaian’s agent, Nana Sechere, subsequently posted messages on Twitter on the 8th and 9th of February saying Atsu was yet to be found, The Guardian reported.
Sechere issued another update on Tuesday confirming that, while two pairs of his shoes had been found, that remained the case. Read the tweets:
It has been nine 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 five lives, however, I am told that the only real confirmation of life is through sight, smell and sound, and unfortunately we were not able [to] 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, Lutfu Savas, to provide additional resources to speed up the rescue efforts as a priority.
The death toll from the quakes that hit south-eastern Turkey and northern Syria has passed 35 000.