Somali team seeking to be masters of ice sport bandy

Friday, Janaury 3, 2014 


Bandy is not a game that many people know.


It is basically ice hockey writ large – played outdoors on a sheet of ice the size of a football pitch, and with a ball not a puck.

Unsurprisingly, the countries that win major competitions are generally from the frozen north – Sweden, Finland or Russia.

But when this year’s World Championships take place later this month in Irkutsk in Siberia, there will be a new contender – from Africa.

Somalia are not expected to win many games, but they are likely to gain a lot of new friends.

BBC News visited Ahmed Hussain Abdi and his teammates at their training base in Borlange, Sweden