Christian Atsu, a professional soccer player who played in the English Premier League, was rescued from rubble in the earthquake that struck Turkey and Syria, the vice-chairman of his current side Hatayspor said on Tuesday. Turkish.
“Christian Atsu has been abducted, injured,” said team vice-president Mustafa Ozat. said about Radyo Gol, a Turkish radio station. “We are coming to the end of the most dangerous hours.” He said the club’s sporting director, Taner Savut, was still trapped.
Mr Atsu was among thousands of people missing after an earthquake hit Turkey and Syria on Monday, causing thousands of people to be trapped under collapsed buildings. Just hours before the earthquake, Mr. Atsu scored his team’s winning goal in their match against Istanbul side Kasimpasa.
The fate of other players from Hatayspor, based in Hatay, Turkey, about 60 miles west of Aleppo, Syria, was not immediately clear. More than 5,100 people in Turkey and Syria died in the quake, and that toll is expected to rise further. Rescuers worked through the night to pull people out of the rubble, but freezing temperatures and snow hampered some rescue efforts.
Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay said on Tuesday that more than 8,000 people had been rescued from under the wreckage. Earthquake rescues usually happen within the first three days, an expert said.
In tears, Volkan Demirel, the manager of Hatayspor, appealed on Tuesday on instagram to help others who were still under the rubble.
“Please help, help,” said Mr. Demirel, the former goalkeeper of Istanbul side Fenerbahce. “I want you to send all the help you can. Not just for Hatay, but also for surrounding towns.
Mr Atsu, a member of Ghana’s 2014 World Cup squad, has spent most of his career with European clubs including Porto, Chelsea and Newcastle United. He joined Hatayspor last year.