Abass Photo Courtesy: EuroCup

Italian Small Forward/Shooting Guard of Ghanaian descent Awudu Abass has expressed his frustration after getting left out of the Italian National Men’s Basketball Team for the Tokyo Olympics.

Abass (extreme left, Jersey Number 55) celebrates with teammates Photo Courtesy: Virtus Bologna

Abass was cut from the Italian team to compete at the Olympics despite helping the European nation qualify to its first Olympics since 2004. Italy qualified by topping one of four mini tournaments that concluded this past weekend.

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He was replaced in the team by Atlanta Hawks Power Forward Danilo Gallinari who missed the special qualifiers due to Atlanta’s playoff run in the NBA playoffs.


After getting cut, Abass wrote on his Instagram page, “A real man looks you in the eye” in a direct shot at Italy Head Coach Meo Sacchetti who made the final call. (Click highlighted text to view story)

The 28 year old Abass won the Italian League title in his first year at Virtus Bologna; he won his first league title during his time at Olimpia Milano.

Abass in 2019 with Italy Photo Courtesy: FIBA

Abass has represented Italy at the senior level on several occasions including a run at the 2019 Basketball World Cup.

By Yaw Adjei-Mintah

@YawMintYM on Twitter


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