Bandy of brothers – A Somali player gets ready to tackle the ice in training ahead of the Bandy World Championships in Russia.
Bandy of brothers – Borlange resident Patrik Andersson was the brains behind a scheme aimed at helping with the Somali refugees' integration into his small Swedish town.
Bandy of brothers – None of the players had seen, held or worn skates before the start of the project, with Andersson describing them as like "Bambi on ice."
Bandy of brothers – The players' previous sporting prowess had generally stretched solely to the football field.
Bandy of brothers – Six months since they first took to the ice, they face the prospect of taking on the world's best Bandy players, some of whom have been competing for two or three decades.
Bandy of brothers – At first they could barely stand on their feet, but now train for two hours a day on the ice -- often opting to keep training after their coach ends the session.
Bandy of brothers – Slowly but surely, confidence has grown among the players, and they scored their first goals in training the week before the World Championships.
Bandy of brothers – But the general feeling is that the Somalia team's goalkeeper will be the busiest player on the ice, judging by the 11's collective inexperience.
Bandy of brothers – But midfielder Ahmed Hussain insists that win, lose or draw, it is a victory for Somalia to have got a team to the event in Siberia at all.
Bandy of brothers – Quite what lies in store for the players, most of whom are students, remains to be seen but their story is set to become a film.