Ibrahim Toure, the younger brother of Premier League-based Ivory Coast duo Yaya and Kolo Toure, has died aged 28, according to the country’s football association. Ibrahim was also a professional footballer, playing as a striker for clubs including Egypt’s Misr El-Maqasah and Lebanese side Al Safa.
In a statement released yesterday, the Ivory Coast Football Association said: “Kolo and Yaya Toure just heard about the death of their young brother, Toure Oyala Ibrahim. The entire Ivorian delegation want to show their support to the players.
“In such a sad situation, the players from the Ivory Coast national team, and the entire delegation here in Brazil, show their support to the Toure brothers and their whole family. The president of Football Ivory Coast Federation and the Executive Comitee ask Ivorians for their prayers.”
The cause of Ibrahim’s death was not officially confirmed but reports have surfaced suggesting he had been receiving treatment for cancer while in Manchester.