However, when they arrived at the hotel, they found the accommodation provided unacceptable and decided to sleep on the street in protest.
Zimbabwe’s former Minister of Sport, David Coltart, posted photos of the players sleeping outside the hotel with their suitcases by their side.
The photos sparked widespread outrage on social media among Zimbabweans who condemned the treatment of the team.
The team was delayed at airport officials when they could not pay a visa fee of $23 each, one of the team’s captains told local radio station CapitalK FM.
Zimbabwe’s sports ministry, however, said the tournament organizers gave assurances that visas would be issued to the team on their arrival.
The government will continue to monitor the welfare of the players in the tournament.
Tunisia’s union said it was working to address the difficulties faced by the team.
Khaled Babbou from the Tunisia Rugby Union said the unfortunate incident was not intended to “destabilize” their opponent, adding that alternative accommodation had been provided on the outskirts of the city, which the players have accepted.
The Sables will play against Tunisia in the latest round of Africa Rugby’s Gold Cup competition on Saturday.
The winner will qualify for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.