Chief Public Relations Officer of the Ghana Prisons Service, Vitalis Aiyeh has revealed that late Black Stars player, Christian Atsu didn’t only support prisoners but had fun together with them in a bid to keep them happy.
The former Chelsea player was unfortunately a victim of the horrific earthquake that occurred in Turkey last month which took away the lives of many people.
Before Atsu was laid to rest over the weekend, the prison officer, who witnessed much of the footballer’s philanthropic gestures towards the vulnerable said aside from advocating and paying for the release of petty offenders, Atsu also offered jerseys to the inmates to enable them to play football.
“He actually came to the prisons with other partners to play football with the inmates. He brought them jerseys because one of the best ways to make sure the prisoners are always calm is to give him them entertainment and keep them active and Atsu found a way.
“I’m sure he was trying to get talents that he could support if they get out and we have a good number of them. In fact, anytime these inmates play football, there were very energetic and still are,” Aiyeh told TV3 on Ghana Tonight.
Atsu’s final funeral rites which was held at the State House on Friday attracted a number of dignitaries including his former Black Stars teammates.