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Ibrahim Toure, brother of Kolo and Yaya dies aged 28

Ivorian footballer and younger brother of Premier League stars Kolo and Yaya Toure has died in Manchester at the age of 28.

Toure was a professional footballer like his two older brothers and played the majority of his career for clubs in the Middle East with his final club being Al-Safa' SC in Lebanon.

The striker's death was announced in a statement released by the Ivory Coast Football Assosiation earlier today;

“The football Ivory Coast federation president (FIF) and the Executive Committee announced to the entire family of Ivorian football the death of Toure Oyala Ibrahim, the younger brother of Toure Kolo Abib and Toure Yaya Gnegneri, which happened on the 19th of June in Manchester (England).

“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.”

There has been no comment as yet from either Yaya or Kolo Toure who are currently in Brazil representing Ivory Coast at the World Cup. 

Ivory Coast are expected to pay tribute to the late striker before what will no doubt be an emotional final group game against Greece on Tuesday the 21st of June. 

It is thought that Toure died after a short battle with cancer. 

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