Ibrahim Toure died suddenly last week, and the news impacted two soccer players who are currently playing at World Cup 2014 in Brazil. Ibrahim Toure is the younger brother of Yaya and Kolo Toure. The two men play for the Ivory Coast Football Federation. The death of their brother happened on Thursday. Yahoo News reported on the latest involving this man's death and the impact it will have on the Ivory Coast team on June 21.
Yaya and Kolo will play on. The brothers were given the option to return home by their team, but Eric Kakou, a spokesman for the team, revealed that Yaya and Kolo decided to remain in Brazil and play. Their brother died on the same day that the Ivory Coast team lost to Columbia. The score was 2-1 in that match. Next up for the team is a game on Tuesday. Ivory Coast will play Greece in their final game of Group C. If they win the match, the team will make it through to the final 16 for the first time.
A cause of death for Ibrahim was not officially announced, but British media reported that the younger Toure was undergoing cancer treatments. News of the death came just hours after the Columbia match. Ibrahim was also a soccer player. He was a striker for both Egypt's Misr El-Maqasah and Lebanese side Al Safa during his career. Kolo Toure went to his Twitter to thank everyone for their support. He said the following: "Thank you for all the support for me and my family and from all the wonderful people around the world from Toure Family."
Statements about the death were released by both the Ivory Coast Football Federation and FIFA. Sepp Blatter, president of FIFA, said the following about the death: "Allow me, on behalf of Fifa and in my own name, to extend to you as well as the Ivorian Football Federation, my most sincere condolences. "I am obliged to convey to the Toure brothers, their families and loved ones, as well as the Ivorian delegation present in Brazil, all my sympathy and support these moments of great sorrow and painful separation."
Yaya and Kolo have decided to bravely play on during World Cup 2014, but this death will have an impact on them. Yaya played heavily in the first game of the World Cup for Ivory Coast. He is a midfielder for the team. The team beat Japan 2-1 in that match. Kolo was seen as a substitute in both games as a defender. It is not known yet how much time the brothers will see in their match against Greece on Tuesday.