A report by the BBC on 30 October 2022, has said that a group of Welsh fans have set off to Qatar for the World Cup in an electric car. The group includes former Cardiff City footballer Scott Young, Huw Talfryn Walters, Nick Smith and Walter Pennell. The group set off on the morning of 28 October 2022.
Nick Smith told the BBC, "we know most people think this is a mad plan - we've even had Gareth Bale himself sat in the car looking a bit doubtful about whether we can actually achieve this. But we're confident in the car, and we're up for the challenge. We're driven by both a love for football and a passion for the positive change electric cars can bring for people and the planet".
"There will be bumps in the road for sure, but we've got loads of support behind us and we can't wait to get to Qatar and join the other fans and support Wales in their first World Cup in 64 years."
The group are confident they will make it for the first World Cup game in three weeks' time.
They will be collecting messages of support for Wales along the way. The group will also stop at football-themed landmarks, such as the Uefa headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.
Scott Young told the BBC that the idea came from an office chat between staff at Nathaniel Cars, and that they would be the first Welsh fans to set off for the tournament.
The journey will take them to a total of 19 countries, including France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia and North Macedonia before reaching Greece.
From there, a ferry will transport the car from Athens to Israel, before going through Jordan and Saudi Arabia. The group aim to reach Qatar on 18 November 2022, three days before the Wales opening group match.
Source and cover image credit: BBC
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