Pictures have emerged of Zimbabwe’s national team rugby players apparently sleeping on the streets of Tunisia’s northern city of Beja, because they had been booked into sub-standard accommodation.
The team is in Tunisia for a World Cup qualifier.
Several pictures shared on Twitter show the players lying on the ground while surrounded by their luggage.
There are also reports that the players’ passports were confiscated after failing to pay the visa fees.
One team member, Takudzwa Mandiwanza, told Zimbabwean radio station Capitalk FM that the tour has been a “shambles”.
“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 added that team coach Peter de Villiers had bought the players sandwiches and drinks out of his own pocket.
“We’d be hungry right now. The situation is very frustrating and disheartening.”