A former World Cup star is believed to have been buried under the rubble of a deadly earthquake that struck Turkey and Syria on Monday morning and has already killed 2,700 people, according to a report. are
Former Premier League player Christian Atso, 31, is among those missing in Turkey, and still unaccounted for after the 7.8-magnitude earthquake, NewsAU reported.
Originally from Ghana, Utsu plays soccer for Hatayspor, a Turkish league team in the southern city of Antakya, which was devastated by the earthquake.
According to NewsAU, the team’s sporting director Tanir Sawat said that many of his teammates have been rescued, but Atsav is still missing.
The former Newcastle United winger scored in the last minute to send Hattaspor to victory on Sunday. He played for Ghana at the 2014 World Cup and was named the best player at the 2015 African Cup of Nations.
Utsu is married with two children, and it is unclear if his family was with him in Turkey at the time of the earthquake.
The death toll in Turkey has risen to at least 1,600, and another 1,000 have been killed in Syria, officials said Monday.
The death toll is expected to rise significantly, as rescue workers struggle to search for debris and widespread destruction. The situation worsened when a second earthquake of almost the same magnitude hit on Monday afternoon.
Temperatures are expected to approach freezing as night falls again in the region, making it even more difficult for the millions of people affected by the earthquake.
With post wires.
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