Zimbabwe’s national rugby team have been forced to sleep on the streets of Tunisia as they prepare for their match this weekend.
The Zimbabweans, who lost 45-36 to Kenya in a Rugby World Cup qualifier last weekend, are in the north African country this week where they will be looking to get their qualifying campaign back on track.
— Brian Mujati (@MujatiBrewing) July 3, 2018
Zimbabwe’s Sables Rugby Team stuck in Tunisia…😔 Why have we no respect and appreciation for our sportsmen and artists???
They go out there flying the Zim flag high and get very little love at home…we can do better!@zimbabwerugby @ZimbabweSables @edmnangagwa pic.twitter.com/TmPY0aQzoW
— Patience Musa ZIFM (@PatieMusa) July 3, 2018
However, their preparation for the match has been hampered, allegedly as a result of appalling accommodation and a lack of funds.
Images have surfaced on social media (see below) of the team, coached by former Springbok coach Peter de Villiers, lying and sleeping on the streets.
Other reports indicated that they were held up at the airport for hours when authorities took their passports after they were unable to pay a visa fee.