Somali team seeking to be masters of ice sport bandy
3 January 2014 Last updated at 00:27 GMT
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.
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