Appalling images circulating on social media show the Zimbabwean rugby team sleeping helpless and hungry on a street in Tunisia where they are waiting for the World Cup qualifiers.
The team was forced to opt for napping on the street because of alleged appalling accommodation and a lack of funds.
However, because of this shame, Rugby Africa and the Tunisia Rugby Union have apologised to the Zimbabwean national team.
“Rugby Africa and Tunisia Rugby Union would like to express their sincere apologies to the Sables team and management for this unfortunate situation. This does not reflect the standards of the Rugby Africa Gold Cup competition and we sincerely regret any prejudice caused.”
A statement released by Rugby Africa “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. Tunisia Rugby Union took the Sables management to visit another hotel which was accepted.”
The president of Rugby Africa, Abdelaziz Bougja said, “Our hosting agreements are signed by the six participating unions in the Rugby Africa Gold Cup and are very clear and strict in terms of accommodation standards.
“I know for a fact that hospitality matters to them and they have taken this issue very seriously and are rectifying it. Player welfare is at the heart of our preoccupations, so we are not taking this lightly. We wish both teams the best for Saturday’s game.”