The Algeria national basketball team has withdrawn from the upcoming qualifiers of the African Basketball Championship (Afrobasket) in Kigali that is scheduled for November 25-29, at Kigali Arena.
Algeria had been pooled in Group D that also includes Nigeria, Mali and Rwanda.
The North African country has since been replaced with South Sudan in the group.
While announcing his country’s withdrawal from the qualifiers, Algerian basketball federation’s president, Rabah Bouarifi, cited lack of sufficient preparations as the cause.
“We cannot go to Rwanda with a decimated team. I am against participating just to participate,” he said.
“The preparation was severely disrupted. The players have been out of competition since March, it would have been difficult for them facing tough selections.”