Rasheed Sulaimon To Miss 2021 Afrobasket Qualifiers With Injury

Duke guard Rasheed Sulaimon (14) walks off the court during the second half of an NCAA college basketball second-round game against Mercer, Friday, March 21, 2014, in Raleigh, N.C. Mercer won 78-71. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

Casademont Zaragoza Shooting Guard, Rasheed Sulaimon has been ruled out of D’Tigers’ 2021 Afrobasket qualifiers due to injury.

Sulaimon who was listed in the 20 man list earlier released by Coach Mike Brown will no longer play any part in the qualifiers to be decided between the 27 and 29 of November due to a torn muscle in his left abdomen and a leg injury.

The 26 year old whose team is currently topping Group D after 2 games in the Euro League expressed his disappointment over the injury that ruled him out for 6 to 8 weeks.

“This is so disappointing for me as I would have loved to join up with the team for the qualifiers and play my part. I was looking forward to my debut for Nigeria but that will have to be put off till another time,” he told the Nigeria Basketball Federation.

“Right now, I am staying positive and focusing on recovering from the injury and coming back stronger and better. Athletes will always get injured, but how you react to these setbacks sets you apart.”

Meanwhile the final training camp will open in Kigali on Monday, 23rd of November before their first match.

Nigeria have been grouped with hosts Rwanda, Mali and Algeria who recently withdrew from the qualifiers.