In a Dutch Eredivisie match against Sparta Rotterdam on Sunday, Ajax midfielder Mohammed Kudus paid a touching tribute to his late compatriot Christian Atsu. Kudus scored his first-ever free-kick goal and celebrated by lifting his shirt to reveal a shirt with the inscription “Rest in Peace Atsu” in honour of the Ghanaian player who tragically passed away recently.
Atsu had been trapped under rubble for nearly 12 days following the devastating earthquake in Turkey before being confirmed dead on Saturday. Kudus’ solemn celebration was a touching tribute to his fellow Black Stars player, whose death has left many heartbroken.
Atsu was a beloved figure in Ghanaian football and played for several top clubs in Europe, including Chelsea and Newcastle United. He was also a key member of the Ghana national team.
The Premier League clubs in England also honoured Atsu by holding a minute’s applause this weekend, while the games played in the Ghana Premier League featured a minute of silence.
Atsu’s body is expected to arrive in Ghana on Sunday evening, where his family will begin the process of his burial. The Ghana Football Association has expressed its condolences to the Atsu family and has urged the football community to remember Atsu’s contributions to the sport.
Kudus’ touching tribute is a reminder of the impact that Atsu had on the football world and the importance of honouring those who have passed away. The football community continues to mourn the loss of Atsu, and his legacy will be remembered for years to come.