SANTIAGO (Afrobasket/FIBA Basketball World Cup) - Edy Walter Tavares knows the recent history of Cape Verde basketball.
He is fully aware of what happened in 2007, when against long odds, the national team captured a bronze medal at the Afrobasket.
That podium finish afforded Cape Verde a chance to compete in the 2008 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament.
While Cape Verde remain minnows on the continent, Tavares, who wasn't in the 2007 team, and the Cape Verde players will know that anything is possible ahead of the Afrobasket in Cote d'Ivoire.
"We want to fight to reach the Final," the Herbalife Gran Canaria center said.
"We need all of us to achieve our goals."
While some believe the 'Hammerhead Sharks' would do well just to reach the podium, Tavares and his teammates have more ambition.
"We are confident that we can go further," he said.
Cape Verde will go up against the Central African Republic, Angola and Mozambique in Group C.
If they claim a top-three finish, the country will qualify for the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup.
Tavares takes a lot of confidence from his time competing in the Spanish Liga Endesa, arguably the strongest league in Europe.
"I can make the most of everything I learned this year to help Cape Verde this summer," he said.
"I feel I have progressed a lot and I'm full of confidence. I am eager to start the tournament to prove it, make myself useful and help my country.
"For me it's a great honor to represent my national team."