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Brazil new head coach Lima keeps most of Rio 2016 team for Women’s AmeriCup training camp
I am extremely happy and I want to work hard with the entire technical team to help Brazil qualify for the World Championship. It will be a tough tournament, but we believe we can qualify." - Lima
While Brazil's top performers in Rio Damiris Dantas and Clarissa Santos are set to return, Nadia Colhado, Iziane Castro, Palmira Marcal and Adriana Moises have been left out of the 16-player preliminary squad.
|Brazil 16-player preliminary squad for FIBA Women's AmeriCup 2017|
|Tassia Carcavalli||Damiris Dantas||Raphaella Da Silva||Erika De Souza|
|Barbara Honorio||Gilmara Justino||Isabela Ramona Macedo||Tatiane Nascimento|
|Taina Paixao||Leticia Rodrigues||Joice Rodrigues||Izabella Sangalli|
|Clarissa Santos||Kelly Santos||Jaqueline Silvestre||Patricia Teixeira|
According to governing body Confederacao Brasileira de Basketball (CBB), the team will open their training camp on Thursday July 13 in Pindamonhangaba, Sao Paulo.
Lima last coached Brazil at 2016 FIBA Americas U18 Women’s Championship where they claimed a third-place finish.
Carlos Lima is seen here during a game at the 2016 FIBA Americas U18 Women's Championship in Chile
The 45-year-old play caller, who replaced veteran Carlos Barbosa, said: "I am very proud to be given the opportunity of leading our national team. I am extremely happy and I want to work hard with the entire technical team to help Brazil qualify for the World Championship. It will be a tough tournament, but we believe we can qualify."
The FIBA Women's AmeriCup 2017 will take place in Argentina from August 6-13 in Argentina and will serve as a qualifier for the 2018 FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup in Spain.
The teams that finish in the top three places in Argentina will represent the Americas in Spain.