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Christian Atsu’s One-Week Observance on March 4

On Saturday, March 4, a One-Week Observance will be held to commemorate the memory of the departed Ghanaian footballer Christian Atsu.

As a Ghanaian rite, the One-Week Observance offers a chance for the family and key stakeholders to deliberate and come up with dates and timelines for the burial or final funeral rites of a deceased loved one.

An agreement on the date was reached after talks between Atsu’s family, the Ghana Football Association (GFA), and the Sports Ministry took place at the home of the player’s family.

Deputy Sports Minister Evans Bobie led the GFA and Sports Ministry representatives in offering their condolences to the grieving family.

Atsu had been playing in Turkey for Hatayspor since last summer but met his untimely death in an earthquake that occurred on February 6. He was officially confirmed as one of the victims of the dreadful incident 12 days later – Saturday, February 18.

The body of the footballer, 31, was returned to his native Ghana the following day.

Christian Atsu had 65 caps with the Ghana senior national team. The winger helped the Black Stars reach the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) final. He was named player of the tournament.

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