Christian Atsu’s wife Marie-Claire Rupio maintains her husband is still alive despite the fact that search efforts are ongoing.
It’s been a week since Atsu was trapped in the rubble after a devastating earthquake rocked some parts of Turkey.
Atsu, who plays for Turkish side Hatayspor, was trapped under the rubble together with the club’s sporting director Taner Savut.
Both are still yet to be found, with the football world uniting in praying for their safety and rescue from beneath the rubble.
Christian Atsu’s wife to the BBC: "I still pray and believe he's alive"
That’s all of us our prayer 🙏🏾pic.twitter.com/nwYWmDVSAu
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Speaking to the BBC, Atsu’s wife said her husband is yet to be found because the rescuers lack the needed equipment to aid in their search.
She said she was still hopeful that the footballer was alive, adding that she is keeping him in prayers.
“His agent is in Turkey and he is trying to get to the place where it happened. They know where the building is and they are trying to rescue everybody,” Marie-Claire said.
“They know that there are people still under the rubble but the problem is that they don’t have the equipment necessary to get him out. We don’t know where he is. I still pray and believe he is alive.”
He spoke to the children on saturday morning, that was the last time I heard from him."
🗣 Christian Atsu’s wife.#ChristianAtsu
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Meanwhile, thermal cameras have confirmed that many people are still alive despite being trapped under the collapsed building where Atsu was staying before the devastating earthquake struck.
According to a report by Turkish outfit Ajanspor, the building also houses handball player Cemal Kütahya and his family, who are yet to be found.
“There are many living people, confirmed by thermal cameras. The building, where national handball player Cemal Kütahya and his family, Hatayspor manager Taner Savut and football player Christian Atsu are located, is very crowded with a capacity of 1000 people,” the tabloid reports.