Lawal Adebowale Ismail was born on September 5, 1991 in Saki, Nigeria and made his IFK Göteborg debut in the 2010 season, which was also the debut season of team mate Joel Allansson. Ismail was part of IFK Göteborg's youth program before making his debute with the first team, and is as a result of that regarded by the club as a home-grown player. As a result of this, he became the second player from Nigeria to represent IFK Göteborg. At 18 years, 11 months and 16 days, on August 22, 2010, he took part his first competetive game against Djurgårdens IF in an Allsvenskan game that ended 0–2. He has spent two seasons with the IFK Göteborgs first team, and during his career he played in 3 first team games. Out of these 3 first team games, 3 were Allsvenskan games.
Lawal Ismail is with his 3 Allsvenskan games number
428 on the list of those who have competed in most Allsvenskan games for IFK Göteborg. 30 year old Ismail completed his last season with IFK Göteborg 2011.