Cape-Verde Center Edy Tavares expressed his wish to play for his country in the upcoming FIBA Africa Basketball Championship (AfroBasket) this year but that wish cannot be granted following the island nation’s failure to make it to the tournament.
The news adds to what has been a disappointing period for the 7 foot 3 inch Center who signed for defending NBA Champions Cleveland Cavaliers prior to the start of the postseason but fractured his hand in practice in the playoffs.
He was signed from NBA Development League side Raptors 905.
After missing a direct route to the Championship following a third place finish in Zone 2 behind Senegal and Mali, Cape-Verde missed out on wild card selections to Rwanda and fellow West African side Guinea.
A special qualifying phase organized in Bamako, Mali had Central African Republic clinch the final spot for the tournament.
The Republic also seal a place in the 2019 World Cup qualification which starts November 24.
By Yaw Adjei-Mintah
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