The Zimbabwean rugby team elected to sleep on the streets prior to a World Cup qualifier in protest at the conditions of their hotel.

Travelling to Tunisia for their match, problems began at the airport for the Zimbabweans.

Instructed to pay £18 per person for a visa fee, the tourists refused to pay the sum despite allegedly being informed in June by the Tunisians that payment would be required.

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This is a fact disputed by Zimbabwe Sports Minister Kazembe Kazembe, who claimed the Tunisians had promised visas would be issued on arrival.

The hotel provided the next problem for Zimbabwe, as unsatisfactory conditions were reportedly found inside bathrooms, in addition to slow internet speeds.

The Tunisian rugby union issued a statement saying:

The head of the Zimbabwean delegation expressed reservations about the state of the bathroom in one of the rooms, the lack of a swimming pool and the low internet speed,

He started talking about leaving the hotel on the pretext that it is not decent enough for his team.

He asked all the members of the delegation to take out their luggage, leave the hotel and spend the night outside on the ground.

Tunisia and Zimbabwe will meet in the Africa Gold Cup competition, the winner of which will automatically receive a berth for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.