The Ghana Football Association (GFA) is considering retiring the number 7 jersey at the Black Stars in honour of the late Christian Atsu.
Atsu who lost his life through Turkey devastating earthquake to be honored with Black Stars Jersey No.7 by the GFA.
His lifeless body was recovered from the rubble of the collapsed apartment he was living in on February 18, 2023 and whiles his mortal remains were brought to Ghana on 19, February 2023.
In an interview with Koforidua-based Bryt FM, Linford Boadu, who is the Chairman of the Eastern Regional Football Association (RFA), revealed the Ghana FA’s intention to retire the number 7 shirt in honour of Atsu.
According to Boadu, he thinks the former Chelsea star wasn’t satisfied with his club’s infrastructure in Turkey as a result of his death at the Reinessance building, which collapsed due to the earthquake.
“It’s a sad situation. I wasn’t expecting Atsu to be staying in that big apartment like that, I was expecting him to be staying in a single apartment but I think there wasn’t stability after joining the club in Turkey”- he said.
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Linford Baadu explaining why the team’s number 7 jersey should be reserved in remembrance of the late Christian Atsu said: “It was difficult to believe anybody can survive after that 45 seconds earthquake but we were hoping to find Atsu alive until news broke he has been found dead. He served the nation wholeheartedly, and at the short ceremony in receiving the body of Atsu, the vice President, Dr Bawumia disclosed government will be involved in giving him a befitting burial. That is a big plus, to me, Atsu deserves a befitting burial looking at how he served the nation.
“The Executive council of the FA is thinking about of a lot of things; some thinks the number 7 jersey must be retired in honour of Atsu but there should be a meeting to decide.
Meanwhile Christian Atsu, who made his Black Stars debut in 2012 played 65 games for Ghana, scoring nine goals. He captured Ghanaians’ hearts after scoring two goals against Guinea in the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations quarterfinals.