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Zimbabwean rugby team forced to sleep on streets

04 July 2018

"We have been made aware of the difficulties encountered by the Zimbabwean Rugby team - the Sables - with regards to their accommodation in Tunisia", Rugby Africa said in a statement.

Pictures of former Springbok coach Pieter de Villiers' team sleeping in the streets surfaced on social media on Tuesday morning ahead of their Rugby World Cup Qualifier match against Tunisia this coming weekend.

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

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

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The Zimbabwe men's senior rugby team, The Sables, slept on the streets of Tunisia last night ahead of a crucial Rugby World Cup qualifier match due to bundling on their travel arrangements. "This does not reflect the standards of the Rugby Africa Gold Cup competition and we sincerely regret any prejudice caused".

'We rely on our unions to make sure the requirements are met and it is unfortunate that it seemed not to be the case with this hotel in Tunisia, ' he added.

Does sound like "immediately to me" if our players slept on the side of the road!

He commented: "I apologise on behalf of Tunisia Rugby Union, we pride ourselves in hosting Rugby Africa tournaments every year and make every effort to meet the best worldwide standards in terms of accommodation and other infrastructure".

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"I have also been assured by the ZRU that all allowances up and until the Kenya Test have been paid", said Minister Kazembe.

"Each Union is afforded a grant to host teams and to this end we as Zimbabwe were afforded 70 Euro per person per night to host Morocco".

Khaled Babbou, from the Tunisia Rugby Union, said there was "no intention to destabilise our opponents" before Saturday's match in Beja, which is about 100km (60 miles) west of the capital, Tunis. "Now we're in Tunisia, we were detained at the airport for close to six hours, with no allowances given to us", Mandiwanza said.

"If it wasn't for the coach buying us sandwiches and a few drinks from his own money‚ we'd be hungry right now". We wish both teams the best for Saturday's game. "The situation is very frustrating and disheartening".

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Zimbabwean rugby team forced to sleep on streets