Cabo Verde begin a fundraiser in Boston to help with World Cup trip

2023-08-14 21:28

Cabo Verdean national team traveled to the US to host a fundraiser and multiple community events in hopes of helping the team with its first-ever World Cup appearance. Edy Tavares was recently suffering from fatigue, but the team's head coach ensured there was nothing to worry about.

Credit: Federação Cabo-verdiana de Basquetebol
Credit Federação Cabo-verdiana de Basquetebol

After training camps in Italy and Spain, the Cabo Verdean national team continues its preparation for the upcoming 2023 FIBA World Cup in the US with an important mission - to collect enough money to participate in the tournament.

Cabo Verde is the smallest country to ever qualify for the World Cup. With just around 600,000 inhabitants and limited resources, the country struggles to send the team to Okinawa, Japan, where Group F battles will take place.

On Sunday, August 13th, the team met with the local Cabo Verdean community in Boston, Massachusetts. After a presentation, they were welcomed with music and dances.

During the weekend, the Cabo Verdean Basketball Federation (FCBB) launched a fundraiser. People, both locally in Massachusetts and in Cabo Verde, can contribute to the cause of helping the team with its first-ever World Cup appearance.

The team will be in the US from August 13th until August 18th, where multiple community events will be held. During the stay, Cabo Verde will play against Bridgewater State University, which has close ties with the Cabo Verdean government.

The state of Massachusetts features a rich Cabo Verdean community. As such, a mini-camp will also be held for children of Cabo Verdean families alongside the fundraiser.

During the training camps, multiple players, including the roster's biggest star Edy Tavares, suffered from fatigue.  "All of this derived from the first preparation phase, but nothing to worry about," head coach Emanuel Trovoada told Radio de Cabo Verde.

Although there were some issues regarding Tavares' travel in the US, the star center successfully arrived and participated in all events.

Cabo Verdean national team gets welcomed during a community event (via IG/22edy22):


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