Let Atsu’s death reform GFA’s mindset and change of attitude -Sonnie Badu
Renowned UK based Ghanaian gospel singer, Sonnie Badu has asked the Ghana Football Administration (GFA) to let the death of Christian Atsu reform their mindset and a change of attitude.
In a Facebook post today, March 18, he mentioned that it was quite unfortunate that the late Atsu was described as the “Messi of Ghana” after his death and yet was retired early from the senior national team, Black Stars.
“Dear GFA @chris_atsu has been finally laid to rest. However, let me say this.. Let this be a reform of mindset and a change of attitude…. I know our @ghana_fa_official chairman will do things differently
“I heard in recent interviews people saying that he was the Messi of Ghana… Well you guys retired him quick – whiles Messi is still playing the World Cup… Messi is 35 and Astu was 31 …
“Let us learn how to make players feel important while they are alive. We should not wait for something to happen to them before we take over their funeral expenses and all of that.
“We know that, most of the players get injured during international duties And it is to no suprise, that they end up losing their position, in their club teams and also national teams…. That’s why players like @thomaspartey5 would rather put their 💯 in club rather than national teams…
@jakaminko was at his peak when he got injured playing for Ghana and everyone suddenly forgot about him… He ended up playing for a low division Turkish team – that he had fighting for his Monies owed ..
“Those low division teams in Turkey are called playing to survive and keep fit .. the clubs knows it and so they frustrate players.
“I heard the tribute read from the club, he told the coach he either plays or goes to see his family.. if one could only turn back time .. it shows how committed he was to his career …champ you died a hero and you scored your last goal … it cannot be forgotten by the club…… rest well .. your send off was beautiful…(sic),” he said.
A sea of Ghanaians clad in traditional red-and-black mourning clothing thronged the State House forecourt to pay their last respects to the fallen hero – Christian Atsu Twasam, 1992 – 2023 yesterday, March 17.
More than a dozen dignitaries including sportsmen, icons from the entertainment industry joined the public and Atsu’s mourning family in a state-assisted funeral amidst heavy security presence.
He was finally buried in is hometown, Dogobome.