It's Wednesday night, and Tasha Otieno sits in her boyfriend's home in a densely populated neighbourhood in Nairobi. She has just returned from hockey practice. The room smells of tea and ugali (cornmeal porridge) and the only light comes from a TV in the living room. The game is on - again. It's the 2010 Olympic women's hockey gold-medal match, streaming on YouTube. Canada versus the United States. The 23-year-old is glued to the screen, screaming at the referees as though she hadn't already watched the game a dozen times before. Tasha is not alone in Kenya when it comes to a love of ice hockey. She is one of five women who play on the Nairobi Ice Lions, East Africa's sole ice hockey team made up of around five women and 25 men.
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