Maccabi deal leaves Roll out of Tunisian NT ahead of Afrobasket

2017-07-03T20:54:52+00:00 2017-07-03T21:12:42+00:00.

Antonis Stroggylakis

03/Jul/17 20:54

Eurohoops.net

Michael Roll’s transfer to Maccabi Tel Aviv will keep him out of the Tunisian national team roster for the AfroBasket 2017.

By Eurohoops team/ info@eurohoops.net

During a press conference held today, Tunisian Basketball Federation Ali Benzarti stated that naturalized swingman Michael Roll won’t be included in the national team’s roster ahead of the AfroBasket (Tunisia, Senegal) following his signing with Maccabi Tel Aviv.

“It’s true that Michael Roll has given a boost to the national team,” Benzarti said. “But since he became a member of Israeli club Maccabi Tel Aviv, we decided to dismiss him from the national team. At least for the moment.”

Tunisia and Israeli haven’t been in the best of terms following the Second Intifada of 2000 and their diplomatic relationship has been stressed since then.

Roll acquired a Tunisian passport and first joined the country’s national team in the Afrobasket 2015 which was held in Tunis. He also played in the 2016 Olympic Qualification Tournament of Turin.