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‘If We Are United’ – Newcastle Winger Sends Message Of Hope Amidst Pandemic

Newcastle winger Christian Atsu is one of the few Magpies not currently staying in Newcastle. Christian has returned to his native Ghana, which so far hasn’t been hit as hard as some countries with the coronavirus.

To date, there are 68 confirmed cases in the West African nation, but, unfortunately, there have been four people pass away.

The Ghanaian government has banned mass gatherings but Christian is able to train on the beaches in the capital of Accra to try and keep fit.

GhanaWeb have published some comments from the 28-year-old about how he is getting on during this pandemic.

“People are buying sanitizer and a lot of things to clean their hands so, for now, it is very safe.

“The government has banned gatherings in the country, as the UK did, so for me, it is very strange because I can’t watch football because there is no football anywhere to watch and normally when I’m not training, I’m watching football.

“But I’m training and doing everything to keep in shape, to pick up with the season, because I believe the Premier League will be OK soon so I have to train and keep my fitness levels up.

“We are all praying for everyone affected by this virus. I believe we must all take good care of ourselves and we will try everything to fight this virus – and I know, if we are united, we are going to fight this virus, and we are going to win.”

Christian is a very positive individual and has always had a great attitude. There’s no doubt that we will overcome this virus. It’s just a question of when.

8 comments so far

  • hibbit

    Mar 26, 2020 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #1
  • Ron Knee

    Mar 26, 2020 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #2

    “A group of youths spat in the face of an RSPCA officer and shouted “have corona bitch”, as she tried to rescue a swan, the animal charity have said.

    “Leanne Honess-Heather was helping the bird, which had become tangled in a fishing line, when five teenagers – aged around 16 – approached her close to Rush Lyvars Fishing Lake in Hedon, Hull.” (Grauniad)

  • magscar

    Mar 26, 2020 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #3

    Another repost – sorry


    Mar 26, 2020 at 12:26 PM
    Comment #19

    Stan Anderson

    Having once gone to Ikea for quick breakfast and coffee and look for something we needed( after staying up at Metrocentre hotel for family gathering) but hadn’t realised opening was actually later than expected we first sat in car ( only ones there but nowhere to go and chilly) and then went to queue at door so we would be first in.

    Gradually were swamped though as more and more elderly folk arrived separately but seemed to be part of a regular if not daily informal breakfast group calling out to each other or joining places in queue and who once doors opened bustled passed us as if we weren’t there. I can testify to their speed on foot and no prisoners taken

  • RobLeenio

    Mar 26, 2020 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #4

    Ron, makes you weep.

    Thankfully these morons are only a minority of our society.

  • magscar

    Mar 26, 2020 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #5

    Geordie Tom

    on last thread – good lyric written I think from the perspective and as a person suffering in a minority ( Labi was gay) but which could easily be interpreted in a wider way by society and many empathised with it’s message

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 26, 2020 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #6

    I’ll copy those names on to my inkpad and have a look, cheers. That rite of passage by William Golding about a converted transport ship looks very good. I read a book years ago by an Aussie, Robert Hughes called Fatal shore which was a very concise history of the founding and colonisation of Australia, excellent read if you haven’t already.

  • geordietom

    Mar 26, 2020 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #7


    its the words mate think they are very apt in light of whats going on mate . not enough people putting any thought in what they are doing , example where we live there’s a communal car park for residents only car after car with lads in pulling into the car park eating takeaway meals smoking their drugs ( skunk ) it reeks spitting all over the place , told the police they do nowt . point is they dont even live here . i’m not gonna go out and confront 15 to 20 people . makes me puke …

  • magscar

    Mar 26, 2020 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #8


    We have all seen the increasing erosion of respect by some youths over the years for others and they revel in their perceived strength in a group to berateand sneer at people.

    I am of an age and time when although i felt life was unfair to us then teenagers ( a common feeling then and now) we never back- chatted neighbours, our teachers or other adults if being taken to task about something.

    This was because of our upbringing and the certain knowledge that if the (overused) threat to tell our parents was actually carried through only one person was going to be believed and it wopuldn’t be you 🙂

    Built character 🙂


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