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Earthquake: Fear over safety of Nigerian footballers in Turkey, Christian Atsu missing

Earthquake: Fear over safety of Nigerian footballers in Turkey, Christian Atsu missing

Fear have continued to increase over the safety of Nigerian players in Turkey after a devastating earthquake ripped through the country and parts of Syria leaving over 2,300 people dead and thousands of people under rubbles. 

Rescuers from across the world have travelled to both Turkey and Syria to assist the governments in their mission to rescue citizens still trapped under the rubbles. 

News has it that Former Premier League star Christian Atsu and Director Taner Savut are trapped under the rubble following the tragic 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Kahramanmaras, where Hatayspor are based. Atsu on Sunday had scored the winner for Hatayspor in their 1-0 win over Kasimpasa in the Turkish Super Lig.

This has brought about fears for the Nigerian players plying their trade in Turkey and in that region. Nigerian duo, Henry Onyekuru and David Babajide play for Adana Demirspor while Super Eagles captain Ahmed Musa and Leke James play for Sivaspor.

According to information gathered by, Onyekuru has been contacted and is in good condition while David updated his Instagram story recently and Ibrahim Olawoyin who plays for Çaykur Rizespor has been confirmed to be safe. 

 Areas affected by the earthquake are Hatay, Gaziantep, Osmaniye, Adiyaman, Malatya, Sanliurfa, Adana, Diyarbakir and Kilis, according to Türkiye’s Minister of Interior Suleyman Soylu.

Other Nigerian players in Turkey include Emmanuel Eze and Michael Ologo (Istanbulspor), Anthony Uzodimma (Kayserispor), Jesse Sekidika (Eyüpspor), Lawrence Nicholas (Fatih Karagümrük) amongst others. 

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