Following the Premier League match at Stamford Bridge between two of the late Christian Atsu’s clubs, the shirts worn by the players and other items are up for auction.
A statement from Chelsea said the jerseys worn by the players and other items have been put up for auction to fund the completion of the school started by Atsu.
“Money raised will be going to Arms Around the Child, a charity for which Christian was an ambassador, and it will fund the completion of the school they had started building in his native Ghana.
Last month we sadly lost Christian, who was a Chelsea player between 2013 and 2017, in the terrible earthquake that hit Turkey where he had moved to play. His funeral is this weekend.
The auction, which includes signed shirts from all the squad as well as a variety of items from club legends, will run until 2pm on 8 April.”
Together with @MatchWornShirt, we’re auctioning shirts from yesterday’s game at Stamford Bridge. 👕
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) March 19, 2023
Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta said: ’This initiative allows us to celebrate the life of Christian, an individual who was well-loved within the club and someone we deeply miss.
‘On the weekend we face another of Christian’s former teams in Everton, it feels appropriate that we look to build on the fantastic charity work Christian had started with Arms Around the Child to build a new school that will benefit orphaned children in his home country.
‘Christian’s wonderful personality shone through during the times we shared together and any contribution to the shirt auction will offer valuable support towards the legacy he leaves behind.’
Atsu was confirmed dead on Saturday, February 18, 2023, after his lifeless body was pulled out of the rubble in the wake of the earthquake in Turkey.
This followed days of intense search following the devastating earthquake that hit Turkey and Syria in mid-February.
The ex-Chelsea and Newcastle United winger was laid to rest on Friday, March 17, 2022, in his hometown in Ada.