The final funeral rites for late Ghanaian footballer, Christian Atsu will be held on March 17, 2023 at the Forecourt of the State House.
This was announced at the one week observation for Atsu, which was held at the Adjiringanor Astro Turf in Accra on Saturday.
The 31-year old, lost his life in the Earthquake that struck parts of Turkey and Syria on February 6, 2023.
Sports Minister, Mustapha Ussif, along with NPP flagbearer hopeful, Alan Kyeremateng were present at the Adjiringanor Astro Turf. President of the Ghana Football Association, Kurt Okraku, General Secretary of the GFA, Prosper Harrison Addo, Former GFA President Kwesi Nyantakyi and Vice President, George Afriyie were also in attendance.
The families of Black Stars players Emmanuel Boateng and Richard Ofori were also present to make donations to Christian Atsu’s family.
The Minister of Youth and Sports, Mustapha Ussif, reiterated government’s commitment to ensure that a befitting funeral is held for the former Newcastle United player.
“Government is going to take over every cost for Christian Atsu’s funeral because of his contribution to the development of Ghana Football and also the manner in which he died.” The Sports Minister said.
“We must all come together to give him a befitting burial.”
Christian Atsu’s Black Stars teammates including, Asamoah Gyan, Kwadwo Asamoah, Agyeman Badu, Sulley Muntari, John Mensah, were all in attendance.
Former Black Stars players, Samuel Osei Kuffour, Isaac Vorsah, Haminu Dramani, among others also thronged the Adjiringanor Astro Turf to observe the one week event.
The 31-year-old Atsu played 64 times for the Black Stars and contributed 19 goals and spent the majority of his career playing in the Premier League for clubs such as Chelsea Newcastle United and Everton.
The final funeral rites are expected to be attended by several dignitaries, including President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, and other notable public figures.