From sources online such as to the Turkish newspaper Star, a search-and-rescue mission is in progress to locate Christian Atsu, who plays for Hatayaspor in the Turkish Super Lig after being injured in Monday’s 7.8-magnitude earthquake.
When the earthquake struck, several of his team members reportedly needed to be rescued by experts. Taner Savut, Hatayspor’s sporting director, and Atsu are still missing and presumed dead.
Hatayspor is located in Kahramanmaras, a region that was severely damaged by the earthquake.
Two actors and members of the technical crew were “rescued from the rubble” in a dramatic rescue operation. And the search for the Ghanaian international and Savut will continue as soon as possible.
Other teams’ players are also missing, including Yeni Malatyaspor goalkeeper Ahmet Eyup. More than 1,000 people are believed to have died in the earthquake that struck Turkey at 4 a.m. on Monday.
Hatayspor defeated Kasimpasa 1-0 on Sunday, thanks to a goal from Atsu. Atsu, a substitute, scored in stoppage time as his team easily defeated Kasimpasa 1-0. His first goal for Hatayaspor since joining the club.