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27 injured as stand collapses during basketball match in Egypt

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At least 27 people were injured on Saturday when a stand collapsed during a basketball game in Cairo, the Egyptian capital, the North African country’s health authorities said in a statement on Sunday.

Officials said part of the seats fell on spectators at the Super Cup match between two of Egypt’s top teams, Cairo’s Al-Ahly and Ittihad of Alexandria, following a stampede in the stands.

The game which was held at the Hassan Moustafa Sports Hall in Cairo’s 6th of October district, was immediately called off as a result of the incident while the victims were taken to nearby hospitals, according to local media.

Health Ministry spokesman, Hossam Abdel-Ghaffar, said in the statement that most of the injured suffered broken bones. adding that they were taken to hospitals as their injuries were not life threatening.

Mohamed Fawzi, a spokesman for the Sports Ministry, told a local television channel that the stands collapsed because of a stampede by Ittihad supporters.

Footage circulated on social media also showed a metal stands collapsed in the multi-purpose arena, which is named for Hassan Moustafa, head of the International Handball Federation.

The complex was three years ago ahead of the 2021 World Men’s Handball Championship which was hosted by Egypt.

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Agent of Ghanaian international, Christian Atsu, debunks rescue from Turkey earthquake

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The agent of Ghanaian Black Star international, Chrstism Atsu, has debunked reports the player who was trapped under the rubble of a 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck Turkey and Syria on Monday, has been rescued.

Atsu, who plies his trade with Hatayspor of Turkey was one of several people affected by the quake, was reported to have been rescued alive on Tuesday but the agent, Nana Sechere, in a statement on Wednesday, said the he and the player’s family have been unable to confirm whether he was rescued nor his whereabouts.

A number of conflicting reports had surfaced following the initial news regarding Atsu, with a spokesperson for Hatayspor claiming he had been taken to hospital injured.

Sechere who released the statement on Twitter, however said so far, the reports are not true.

“Following yesterday’s update from the club that Christian had been pulled out alive, we are yet to confirm Christian’s whereabouts,” Sechere wrote.

“As you can imagine, this continues to be a devastating time for his family and we are doing everything we can to locate Christian.”

“Official updates will be provided as more information comes to light. Please respect the families privacy during this harrowing time, and refrain from spreading unsubstantiated news as this will only hamper the search efforts for Christian Atsu.

“Thank you for all your prayers and support,” he posted in another tweet.

The confusion over Atsu’s situation was also accentuated by an update by Hatayspor manager, Volkan Demirel, who told reporters that Atsu and the club’s director Taner Savut, were still missing.

“There is no news from Atsu and Taner Savut yet. Would I share this if they were in the hospital? As soon as the news comes, I will share it.”

Hatayspor club doctor Gurbey Kahveci also said:

“We went to the hospitals, but he was not there. Unfortunately, we accept that Taner and Cristian Atsu have not been found at the moment.”

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Ghanaian footballer, Christian Atsu, rescued alive from Turkey earthquake rubble

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Ghana international footballer, Christian Atsu, who was reported to be one of those buried under the rubble following a 7.8-magnitude earthquake that hit Turkey on Monday, has been rescued alive, according to officials of his club,
Hatayspor, on Tuesday.

The 31-year-old former Chelsea and Newcastle winger was reported missing in Turkey’s Hatay province following the quake and its aftershocks that brought down thousands of buildings, killing around 5,000 people in several Turkish and Syrian cities.

But in a statement on Tuesday, the club said the Black Star player has been found alive after being buried under rubble, but with injuries and have been evacuated to a hospital.

“Christian Atsu was pulled out injured. Our sporting director, Taner Savut, is unfortunately still under the rubble,” club vice president Mustafa Ozak told the media on Tuesday.

Atsu, who joined Chelsea from Porto as a teenager, has played in the English Premier League for both Newcastle United and Everton, on loan from Chelsea, before joining Hatayspor last September.

He played a League match for Hatayspor on Sunday before the early morning earthquake which across southeast Turkey and northern Syria.

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