The younger brother of Ivory Coast players Kolo and Yaya Toure, Ibrahim Toure, has passed away.
The news was confirmed on the Official website of the Ivory Coast football Federation.
The statement read: “Kolo and Yaya Touré just heard about the death of their young brother, Touré Oyala Ibrahim. The entire Ivorian delegation want to show their support to the players.
“The football Ivory Coast federation president (FIF) and the Executive Commitee announced to the entire family of Ivorian football the death of M.Toure Oyala Ibrahim, the younger brother of Toure Kolo Abib and Toure Yaya Gnegneri, which happened on the 19th of June in Manchester (England).”
Ibrahim, 28, played as a striker for various clubs including French team OGC Nice, Lebanese side Al Safa and ASEC Mimosas in Ivory Coast.
“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 Touré brothers and their whole family. The president of Football Ivory Coast Federation and the Executive Commitee ask Ivorians for their prayers,” the statement continued.
Kolo and Yaya Toure are currently representing the Ivory Coast at the World Cup in Brazil.
The news comes as an added blow to the Ivorians following their 2-1 loss to Colombia on Thursday.
By: Edwin Kwakofi/citifmonline.com/Ghana