After travelling to Stockholm on Thursday to be interviewed by officials at the Russian Embassy, one of the players, 18-year-old forward Ahmed Kaysa Sadiiq spoke to Radio Sweden. he said:"If we lose 100-0, we will never give-up. We want to show the world that we can do something."
The Somalian refugees in Borlänge only began learning to ice-skate six months ago after team manager and native resident of the town, Patrik Andersson, said that he wanted to help integrate Swedes and Somliians living there.
Ahmed Kaysa Sadiiq told Radio Sweden that since the project began, attitudes in the town have changed.
"We set out to build bridges and we have achieved that. The Swedes have welcomed us and are supporting us," Sadiiq says.