"You didn't go alone, part of me went with you" - Late Christian Atsu's wife
It was a sorrowful mood at the Forecourt of the State House on March 17 as the world joined Ghana to mourn and lay its industrious son, Christian Atsu to rest.
Some Foreign Diplomats from Turkey and across the world took time of their busy schedules to bid the Ghanaian International a final good bye.
Reading a tribute in memory of her late husband, wife of the late Hatayspor and former Black Stars winger, Christian Atsu,
Marie-Claire Rupio hinted that it breaks her heart to lose him to death.
She noted her late husband did not die alone adding that a part of her went with him.
Marie-Claire Rupio said "You didn't go alone, part of me went with you"
"Your love is still my guide and though I cannot see you, you are always by my side"
"You seemed to be immortal. Your smile, your love, I see you in our children's smile"
"You are never really gone as part of you is within them"
Reading a tribute on behalf of the state, Minister for Youth and Sports, Mustapha Ussif said "The painful loss of our brother Christian Atsu has undoubtedly created indelible imprints on the minds and hearts of compatriots, team mates, friends, families and the nation"
He revealed that late Atsu demonstrated the capacity to fully achieve his potential in his profession.
The Minister also disclosed that Atsu's interest for developing and utilising his talent for the Ghanaian people and beyond, will forever remain a reference point.
"His legacy will remain as an inspiration for the Black Stars, the football fraternity and generally, in the minds of both present and future generations"
Taking their turn, the children of late Christian Atsu said "We missed you dad. You loved us for who we were and accepted us for who were striving to become"
They also noted that the strength of theor late dad gave them a sense of protection and love.
"Now that you are in heaven, we know that you will continue to protect us. Thanks for being our dad"
The Ghana Football Association thanked late Christian Atsu for availing himself to serve the nation.
They prayed that the good Lord will grant the soul of late Christian Atsu, a perfect rest.
Other tributes were read in memory of the late footballer.
The general public also had a chance to file past the remains of the late star.
Footballers such as John Mensah, John Pantsil, Mubarak Wakaso, Sulley Muntari, Emmanuel Adebayor among a host of others stormed the Forecourt of the State House to pay their last rest to the fallen hero.
President Akufo-Addo, Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, Former President John Mahama and Members of Parliament were also present at the funeral.
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Story by: Joshua Kwabena Smith