The younger brother of Ivory Coast internationals Kolo and Yaya Toure has died in a Manchester hospital.
Ibrahim passed away after losing his battle with cancer at The Christie, where he was receiving chemotherapy. The tragic news came just hours after his brothers had lost 2-1 to Colombia in the World Cup in Brasilia.
The 28-year-old striker played ten times for Lebanese club Al-Safa SC in the capital Beirut.
The Ivorian FA released a statement, reading: “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 Committee ask Ivorians for their prayers.”
Like his brothers, Ibrahim started his youth career at popular Ivorian side ASEC Mimosas.
They have also produced international stars, including ex-Chelsea star Salomon Kalou, and former Arsenal pair Gervinho and Emmanuel Eboue.
Ibrahim later joined Ukrainian side Metalurh Donetsk with brother Yaya in 2003, but that is where their careers went in opposite directions. Kolo had already left Mimosas for Arsenal in 2002, with Yaya ending up at Manchester City via Olympiacos, Monaco and Barcelona. But for their younger sibling, Ibrahim went to French side Nice for a season, before heading to the Middle East.
After spending a year at Syrian side Al Ittihad Aleppo, the striker moved to Egyptian club Misr Lel Makasa in 2010, before ending up in Lebanon. It is unclear whether Kolo and Yaya will go home to mourn their brother’s death or continue at the World Cup in Brazil.
Ivory Coast must beat Greece in their final Group C match to ensure qualification to the knockout stages.
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