first_imgZimbabwe’s rugby players were forced to sleep on the street in Tunisia just a few days before their World Cup qualifier this weekend after facing issues with their accommodation.Zimbabwe are in Tunisia for a Gold Cup match against the North African nation in Monastir on Saturday. This match serves as a qualifier for next year’s rugby World Cup in Japan.However, social media went abuzz with images of the players sleeping on the street outside their allocated hotel.It was known that the players did not check in the hotel because they found it substandard. On the other hand, Zimbabwe players have also not been paid their meal allowance for a World Cup qualifier trip and it is their South African coach Peter de Villiers who is funding their food and drink.Zimbabwe national rugby team forced to sleep on the streets of Tunisia… @WorldRugby pic.twitter.com/MGcug87P0lBrian Mujati (@MujatiBrewing) July 3, 2018Rugby Africa and the Tunisia Rugby Union (TRU) apologised to Zimbabwe and their players because of the trouble they had to face.”We would like to reassure the Zimbabwean Ministry of Sports, Zimbabwe Rugby Union, and all partners and fans that the situation was addressed immediately, and an acceptable solution has been found this morning,” Rugby Africa said in a statement on Tuesday.”Tunisia Rugby Union took the Sables (Zimbabwe) management to visit another hotel which was accepted,” Rugby Africa said in a statement on Tuesday.”Rugby Africa and Tunisia Rugby Union would like to express their sincere apologies to the Sables team and management for this unfortunate situation,” it added.advertisementKhaled Babbou, an executive member of both TRU and Rugby Africa, said there was no intention to disrupt Zimbabwe’s preparations for the match.”I can assure you that there was absolutely no intention to destabilise our opponents and we will make every possible effort to ensure they have a good preparation ahead of Saturday’s match,” Babbou was quoted as saying by South Africa’s News24.Zimbabwe loose-forward Takudzwa Mandiwanza said the issues started ahead of the team’s previous match, a 45-36 loss to Kenya in Nairobi last weekend.”We have not been paid our daily allowances for our duration in Kenya, including our match fees that we did not receive. Now we’re in Tunisia, we were detained at the airport for close to six hours, with no allowances given to us,” he told Zimbabwean radio station Capitalk FM, adding De Villiers had paid for the players to eat.”We’d be hungry right now. The situation is very frustrating and disheartening,” he added.There was no immediate comment from the Zimbabwe rugby authorities.Namibia currently head the Gold Cup standings with a full haul of 15 points from three matches, including an 118-0 victory over Tunisia. Zimbabwe have a draw and a defeat from their two matches.Only the top team advances automatically to the World Cup, with the second-placed side entering a play-off.(With Reuters inputs)last_img

Zimbabwe rugby team sleeps on street in Tunisia before World Cup qualifier

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