The Professional Footballers Association of Ghana (PFAG) came together to send Christian Atsu off in a befitting burial organised at the forecourt of the State House in Accra on Friday.
PFAG president Samuel Osei Kuffour, deputy general secretary Solomon Torson, head of Player Relations Yussif Chibsah, and Board Members; which include Stephen Appiah and Augustine Arhinful were part of the delegates that were at the ceremony for a man seen by many as a national hero.
Other members of the union and former football stars who gathered to mourn their late former colleague were Sulley Muntari, Mubarak Wakaso, Godwin Attram, John Paintsil, Emmanuel Agyemang Badu, John Mensah, Haminu Dramani, Emmanuel Adebayor and Emmanuel Eboue and among others.
The ex-footballers and mourners silently filed past Atsu’s coffin, which arrived draped in Ghana’s national flag.
Family, fans and beneficiaries of his charitable donations remembered him as a philanthropist.
Atsu had been scheduled to fly out of southern Turkey hours before the quake but the Ghanaian had opted to stay with the club after scoring the winning goal in a Feb. 5 Super Lig match.
The disaster killed more than 54,000 people in Turkey and Syria.
The collective thoughts, prayers and well-wishes of all members and associates of the PFAG remain with the family and entire football fraternity. The Association will continue to cherish the legacy left by Christian Atsu in bringing joy to fans and touching lives both on and off the football pitch.
As always, the PFAG continues to stand in solidarity with and for all professional footballers in the country, even in the most difficult of times.