The Somali bandy team training in Sweden for the World Bandy Championships /Photo: TT

Somali team scores historic goal in blowout loss

The Somali bandy team lost its debut game in the World Bandy Championships against Germany with over twenty goals. But the team did score a goal, becoming the first African nation ever to score in a bandy championship. 


 

The team captain Aboi Abdiirahiin says to news agency TT that he was proud of the team's effort despite the loss.

"I thought we were going to lose 40-0 or more. I was thrilled that we managed to score a goal. It shows that we really do know how to play the sport," Abdiirahiin says.

The players of the Somali National team, all of them refugees residing in the central Swedish town of 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 the Somalis living there.

Sweden will play its second match against Kazakhstan on Tuesday and squares off against Japan on Wednesday.

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