Tunisian Rugby Team Unhappy With Nob View Hotel

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The head coach of Tunisias national rugby team is unhappy with the standards at Nob View Hotel ahead of their Africa Rugby Gold Cup tie against Uganda on Saturday.

 
The head coach of Tunisia's national rugby team is unhappy with the standards at Nob View Hotel ahead of their Africa Rugby Gold Cup tie against Uganda on Saturday.

In an interview with URN on Wednesday morning Hedi Mohamedali said it is such a shame to accommodate at such a bad hotel. "The noise here every day and the environment is poor. I have asked the Uganda Rugby Union for a change, but they are not bothered," added the coach.


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Speaking after the game the coach said that although they are bottom of the table after losing two games to Namibia and Kenya, they will be hungry to prove a point when they battle Uganda.


Tunisia are bottom of the log with no points after falling 53-7 in a home game against table leaders Namibia and also lost 100-10 away to Kenya last Saturday. "We need to take our chances and hope that my young team is not intimidated by the home crowd," he added.


Mohamedali was however worried at the rate the different weather patterns are playing a negative effect since his players run out of stem in the first 20 minutes. "That is what happened to us against Kenya and we are facing the same while training here in Uganda," he added.

The team's second row and captain Saif Bousaada who plies his trade in England however sounded worried about the depth of the Tunisian team. "Our squad is a young one and we are going to face a strong Ugandan side," he added.


He was also quick to blame the Tunisian Rugby Union (TRU) for failing to include most of the seasoned players who feature in the French League.


Ramzy Olinga, the Uganda Rugby Union (URU) Chief Executive Officer later said Nob View Hotel is a good place and the Tunisians are just trying to play mind games.


Uganda Rugby Cranes captain Brian Odongo also said they will not take the Tunisian side lightly because they have won in Kampala before.  The home side will miss the services of Ivan Kirabo who is down with a fever, while Marvin Odong will need a late fitness test to be cleared for the game to take place at the Legends Club.


Uganda are third on the log with 6 points after their opening 33-33 draw away to Kenya and a 17-16 away win to Senegal. Namibia who top the table with 10 points will also host fourth placed Zimbabwe, while second placed Kenya host Senegal in Nairobi.