Tunisia Rugby Union apologises to the Zimbabwe rugby team

Things Aren't Going Well For Peter De Villiers And His Zim Rugby Team [Images]

Things Aren't Going Well For Peter De Villiers And His Zim Rugby Team [Images]

Zimbabwe are in Tunisia for a Gold Cup fixture against the North African nation ahead of next year's Rugby World Cup but took to the streets on Monday evening after complaining about the poor standard of hotel accommodation.

The team then had to turn to sleeping on the streets after being greeted by appalling conditions at the allocated accommodation.

In a statement, Rugby Africa said it addressed the situation immediately upon being informed and that more acceptable accommodation has since been found.

"However Tunisia Rugby Union has our trust‚ they are long term partners to Rugby Africa‚ hosting several matches and tournaments on our behalf every year‚ I know for a fact that hospitality matters to them and they have taken this issue very seriously and are rectifying it".

Zimbabwean authorities have noted with concern the situation that led to the national Rugby team being ill-treated in Tunisia.

Khaled Babbou, of Tunisia Rugby, denied the hotel standard was a tactic to win the game.

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"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 told South Africa's News24.

In the wake of the backlash, Rugby Africa (RA), who provide funding for accommodation and travel costs for touring teams issued an apology Tuesday and assured the Sports Ministry and Zimbabwe Rugby Union that the issue had now been resolved.

As a result, players chose to sleep on the street to protest their disdain.

"We encourage the Sables to perform their National duty and continue to be ambassadors for the Country by winning against Tunisia this coming Saturday".

"We have not been paid our daily allowances for our duration in Kenya, including our match fees that we did not receive", said Mandiwanza.

On social media‚ former Zimbabwean Minister for Education‚ Sport‚ Arts and Culture David Coltart confirmed the news‚ saying he had received confirmation from the father of one of the players in the team. Now we're in Tunisia‚ we were detained at the airport for close to six hours‚ with no allowances given to us. "The situation is very frustrating and disheartening".

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