Slovenia assistant Rado Trifunovic will take over from Eurobasket-winning coach Igor Kokoskov for the upcoming FIBA World Cup qualifiers.

Kokoskov has informed the Slovenian Federation that his NBA schedule won’t allow him to continue for the World Cup.

The news comes as no surprise as the European champions enter the new international cycle. Having Trifunovic at the helm for November will at least give Slovenia some familiarity come November.

If Slovenia achieve their goal of qualification for 2019, the situation will be re-examined.