Now new head coach José Carlos Guimarães will have to decide whether to sit one them out or give Vander Joaquim a chance.
Both Ambrosio and Gomes are experienced and tenebrous fighters, but looking at Vander’s recent performances he is establishing himself as a serious contender to hold a seat in Angola starting five.
When FIBA.com asked head coach José Carlos Guimarães what to expect from Vander Joaquim and another 2.02m in center Yanick Moreira, the former international said: “We cannot demand too much from these two young men. They are starting their careers, and we hope to support and monitor them throughout.”
In spite of clocking up fewer minutes than many thought he deserved, Vander Joaquim welcomed the opportunity of playing against seven-footers at the 2011 Afrobasket, saying that it helped him a lot.
In just months Vander Joaquim has turned from a substitute to a very versatile center.