The Ghana Prisons Service has revealed that to honour late footballer Christian Atsu’s kind gestures, a football gala was held to commemorate the life of the 31-year-old, who died under rubble following the devastating earthquake that struck Turkey in February.
On Friday, March 17, Atsu, whose death revealed his hidden benevolence toward the vulnerable in society, was laid to rest at the State House.
While many continued to pay tribute to him with acknowledgements of his good deeds, some staff of the Ghana Prisons Service together with prisoners took to the field to play football in his honour after holding an independent service in his memory.
“There was a memorial church service for him yesterday[Thursday, a day before the final funeral rites at the State House] at the Nsawam Male Prisons and it was packed. Inmates were very emotional.
“It was eventually crowned with a football gala between the officers and the inmates in honour of Christian Atsu. They actually wore the jersey Atsu bought for them,” explained Vitalis Aiyeh, the Chief communicator of the Ghana Prisons Service on TV3’s Ghana Tonight show.
The funeral was graced by a number of dignitaries, including former Black Stars players, government officials as well as the Ghana Football Association among others.