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Ivorian Stricker Yaya Toure Loses Brother During World Cup, Blames Club Manchester City For Not Seeing Dying Brother

 Ivorian striker Yaya Toure who is currently in Brazil for the world cup is said to be going through a difficult time due to recent tragic loss of his brother Ibrahim who was reportedly battling with cancer. The striker who is signed on to football club Manchester United in a recent report reveals that he was prevented from seeing his sick brother who was on a sick bed for several months by the football club.

“At the end of the season, I wanted to stay for four or five days with my brother before I flew to prepare for the World Cup with Ivory Coast, except that City did not want to give me a few days” says Yaya
But he went on to lay some of the blame on himself for not going to spend time with his brother and reveals brother Kolo and fellow Ivorian stricker did. “I went to celebrate the title championship in Abu Dhabi’ says the stricker ‘while my brother was in his sickbed. By fortune, Kolo was at his bedside. After that I blame myself for not insisting and for not leading them to respect me.”

FabAfriq Cover boy is going through a tough time as news of his brother's death hit the mainstream media. The striker revealed how much his brother Ibrahim’s sickness affected him causing a mental strain which took toll on his body and calls the last four months during which his brother was sick, “the hardest” in his life. “He has been suffering for a few months" during the run-in to City's Premier League title win he added.


BBC Sports reports both Yaya and his brother Kolo who are in South America, Brazil representing their nation Ivory Coast at 2014 world cup opted to stay at the World Cup after news of their brother Ibrahim's passing. The brothers reportedly sticked to their father's advice when making the decision, but admits "this feels awful". Yaya Toure is one of the key components of Ivory Coast's midfield, but so far he is yet to exert great influence on the Brazilian tournament. With what the striker is dealing with it won’t be a surprise if he doesn’t get any better.
We send him our condolences and wish him and his fellow team mates all the best as they are one of the  3 African countries who still stand a chance at the 2014 FIFA World Cup

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