European champions Bayern Munich finally arrived in Doha, Qatar on Saturday night for the Fifa Club World Cup after a flight delay of more than seven hours overnight on Friday.
Bayern were set to travel straight from Berlin after their Bundesliga clash against Hertha BSC on Friday but instead of taking off shortly before midnight as originally planned, the plane with the German record champions’ squad on board was not allowed to take off until 7 am on Saturday morning.
Permission to take-off was denied due to heavy snow in Berlin. The plane’s de-icing took longer than expected and as a result, flights were banned from 00:00-07:00.
And because of the unscheduled overnight stay, the crew had to be changed and the plane had to make a stopover in Munich. From there, the plane took off for Doha at 9.15 am. The flight was delayed by more than seven hours.
“The journey was difficult due to a denied clearance for take-off, but on Saturday, Bayern landed safely in Doha and will now begin their final preparations for the Fifa Club World Cup,” reads the club statement.
Bayern are set to face African champions Al Ahly in the semi-final on Monday for a place in the final. After the strenuous journey, Hansi Flick will be on the training ground with his team for the first time on Sunday.
“Immediately after landing, the Bavarians took a coronavirus test at the airport. Manuel Neuer & Co. then travelled to the team hotel, where they are only allowed to leave their rooms if the test results come back negative.
“In order to minimise the risk of infection, the men from Munich will live in a “bubble” in Doha and only commute between the hotel, training ground and venues.”
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By Tokelo Martin Mokhesi
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