Somalia national bandy team
|Association||Somali National Bandy Association|
|General Manager||Mursal Isa|
|Head coach||Per Fosshaug|
|Somalia 1–22 Germany |
Irkutsk, 27 January 2014
|Somalia 15–0 Afghanistan |
Borlänge, 25 February 2016
|Somalia 0–22 Latvia|
Vänersborg, 24 January 2019
|Bandy World Championship|
|Appearances||5 (first in 2014)|
|Best result||16th (2015, 2018)|
Somalia national bandy team represents Somalia in the Bandy World Championship. It is controlled by the Somali National Bandy Association, which is a member of the Federation of International Bandy. The squad participated in the 2014 Bandy World Championship in Irkutsk, Russia, the first team from Africa to take part in bandy competitions. They participated in the 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 tournaments as well.
All selected players, except an ice hockey player living in Canada, are Somali nationals who live in the Swedish town of Borlänge and play for the local club Borlänge Bandy (Borlänge-Stora Tuna BK, later renamed Peace & Love City). The team is coached by former Swedish international Per Fosshaug. Somalia national bandy team is financed by the municipality of Borlänge and Somali Olympic Committee. The project was launched in May 2013 and the team planned already by then to participate in at least two World Championship tournaments. This has been reported in media from around the world.
In the 2014 Bandy World Championship, the Somalia squad played in the Group D of Division B with Germany, Japan, Mongolia, and Ukraine. The tournament was played between 26 January and 2 February. In the first game, they lost to Germany 1–22, and consequently scored their first WCS goal. They subsequently lost all other games, scoring one more goal against Mongolia, and then one more in play-offs against Ukraine.
In 2016 and 2017, Somalia has also played friendlies against an unofficial Afghanistan national bandy team. The Afghan team is created by Afghan ex-pats in Karlstad, Sweden, but is not sanctioned by the sports governing bodies in Afghanistan, so it is not allowed to take part in the World Championship.
Team 2014 squad
|GK||18||Mohamed Ahmed||Borlänge-Stora Tuna BK|
|GK||18||Farah Hassan||Borlänge-Stora Tuna BK|
|17||Abdi Abdiirahiin||Borlänge-Stora Tuna BK|
|19||Warsame Abdisalam||Borlänge-Stora Tuna BK|
|16||Osman Salad Abdullahi||Borlänge-Stora Tuna BK|
|15||Abdi Ahmed||Borlänge-Stora Tuna BK|
|16||Ahmed Ahmed||Borlänge-Stora Tuna BK|
|30||Bari Ahmed||Borlänge-Stora Tuna BK|
|24||Deeq Abdulle Ahmed||Borlänge-Stora Tuna BK|
|16||Warsame Alibashir||Borlänge-Stora Tuna BK|
|17||Anwar Hared||Aurora Tigers|
|19||Ahmed Abdi Mohamed||Borlänge-Stora Tuna BK|
|18||Ahmed Abdullahi Mohamed||Borlänge-Stora Tuna BK|
|19||Abdi Mohamed Mohamud||Borlänge-Stora Tuna BK|
|18||Ahmed Sadiiq||Borlänge-Stora Tuna BK|
|Hussein Yoonis||Borlänge-Stora Tuna BK|
- SE SOMALIAS FÖRSTA SEGER NÅGONSIN 2016-02-25
- "Somali team seeking to be masters of ice sport bandy". BBC News. 3 January 2014. Retrieved 6 January 2014.
- Shearlaw, Maeve The Cool Runnings of the refugee crisis: Somalia's bandy team at home on ice Guardian. 6 January 2016.
- "Somali bandy team get their skates on". Reuters. 19 December 2013. Retrieved 6 January 2014.
- "From Somalia via Sweden, With Skates". The Wall Street Journal. 4 September 2013. Retrieved 6 January 2014.
- "Bandy-ing about on the rinks of Sweden". Cannel 4 News, Youtube channel. Retrieved 13 April 2014.
- 2014 Bandy World Championships Retrieved 6 January 2014.
- Video with the first goal
- somaliabandy.com: "Vinst mot Afghanistan", januari 24, 2017 (in Swedish), read July 10, 2017
- Japan–Somalia Match Report Federation of International Bandy. Retrieved 29 January 2014.
- "Xulka Soomaaliya oo ka geyb Tartanka ciyaaraha koobka Adduunka" (in Somali). Gool FM. 26 January 2014. Retrieved 29 January 2014.
- China - Somalia game of 3 Feb 2015 at Youtube from the 2015 Bandy World Championship (the game starts about 5:10 in)
- Somalia - the Netherlands game of 1 Feb 2015 at Youtube from the 2015 Bandy World Championship (the game starts about 4:55 in)