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The Team - Episode 10: Quitting in Honor
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As the dust settles from the team's latest skirmish, Imani FC's management looks for someone to take the fall. Will Imani FC be torn apart, just as they were starting to play together as a team?
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Segment 1

BETH
You are very courageous, Tina. Thank you officer. I am so proud of you, and I am always here to support you.
TINA
Thank you Beth. I wouldn’t have done it without you.
BETH
You know what? You’ve really reminded me of what is important in life. And thanks to you.
TINA
Really?
BETH
Yes Tina. Here are the papers to get that goon convicted.
TINA
Yes! At last the cop has been arrested. I just pray to God he is locked up until he rots. But coach, how will the others look at me?
BETH
Just leave that to me. You’ll be fine.
TINA
The nightmares are getting worse. I’m having flashbacks during the day, at times in practice. I just don’t know what to do.
BETH
I’d like you to consider counseling.
TINA
Do you think I’m crazy?
BETH
No, you’re not crazy. You just need professional help and there’s nothing wrong with that.
TINA
It’s my fault that the cop raped me
BETH
It’s not your fault. He is the criminal, not you.
TINA
All this time, he kept telling me I deserved it because I’m from the bad-blooded tribe.
BETH
All tribes are equal and nobody is more special than the other.
TINA
But why me? Why my tribe?
BETH
It’s sad how men have been turned into beasts.
TINA
Beth, you are my only family and thank you.
DR. ROSE
You can come in Beth. Now Tina, that’s it for this week. I hope you’ll remember everything that we’ve discussed, and have a quick recovery.
TINA
Thanks Dr. Rose.
DR. ROSE
You’re welcome my dear. Now could you please give us a minute?
TINA
Okay.
DR. ROSE
It is a big task. However, together, we can get her back to where she was. Unfortunately, she’s suffering from post-traumatic stress and it will take her a bit of time to for her to get back to where she was and get a full recovery.
BETH
Is it that bad?
DR. ROSE
Yes. All of us need to kill the prejudices against rape victims. We need to give them understanding, we need to give them support, we need to give them care, and that is exactly what Tina needs from the team. If everybody gives her understanding and care, that is her cure.
BETH
I’ll try as much as I can to make that possible.
DR. ROSE
And that will be the best and the greatest best friend.
BETH
Trust me, I’ll be more than that.
COACH
That was a good game we had yesterday, apart from the fracas you all know about. There are certain issues that I imagine -- I know you guys were not involved, but it’s being said that one of you was involved in it. But anyway we are going to talk when you come back, all right? Beth?
BETH
Just take care of yourselves.
JOHARI
When do we report back?
COACH
Johari, as usual. All right? Good. Enjoy your day off. You are free to leave.
MR. BUKENYA
What is this? You know what happened? Abbas has to go.
COACH
But sir, you promised to keep off my coaching, and off the team.
MR. BUKENYA
It’s for the good of the team. This kid perpetuated a riot, actually a war, at a peace match.
COACH
If you might have noticed, he had plenty of willing participants.
MR. BUKENYA
Don’t you get it? Somebody has to get the blame for this. That’s how it works. Coach, either you drop him or you go. Understood?
COACH
That’s your decision, sir.
TINA
It’s playtime!
CHILDREN
Tina!
TINA
I missed you guys. How is it going?
CHILDREN
Fine!
TINA
Is everything okay? Today I am here the whole day and I have brought you something.
KARIS
Oli, what’s up man? Welcome. Your mom is not home.
OLI
That’s okay. What time is she coming?
KARIS
She never tells me these things. So, Imani FC! How are things going over there?
OLI
Everything is fine. We’re alive and kicking.
KARIS
Football is cool. But everything is okay?
OLI
Things are fine; we’re enjoying life there. It’s a good place to be. Anyway, that’s not why I came by. I need us to talk about you and my mother.
KARIS
Oli, I love your mom. I really do. I hope you can support me on this one.
OLI
Actually that is why I came by. Don’t you ever hurt her, because it won’t go well between us.
KARIS
I don’t intend to. I plan to make her happy.
OLI
Deal?
KARIS
Deal.
ABBAS’ FATHER
Sit down. I don’t understand what you’re up to.
ABBAS
Dad, what have I done?
ABBAS’ FATHER
I am very disappointed in you.
ABBAS
What are you talking about?
ABBAS’ FATHER
You’re a troublemaker. I know. Mr. Bukenya called me this afternoon.
ABBAS
But I was defending the girl.
ABBAS’ FATHER
You should have walked away from that fight. Now you have been kicked off the team!
ABBAS
I don’t think so. And anyway, coach has been against me all this time.
ABBAS’ FATHER
You see, always blaming somebody else.
ABBAS’ MOTHER
Maybe you’re being a little bit too hard on him.
ABBAS’ FATHER
You can actually say that?
ABBAS’ MOTHER
Yes, these are young people. This is football. You know arguments always happen.
ABBAS’ FATHER
I didn’t know we had another striker in the house.
KARIS
Darling, this meal is very delicious.
OLI’S MOM
It’s your favorite. I knew you’d enjoy it.
OLI
So Mr. Karis, what do you do for a living?
KARIS
I’m in the music industry.
OLI
That’s interesting. Do you sing? Or what kind of instrument do you play?
KARIS
No, no, no Oli. You don’t have to play an instrument or sing to be in the music industry. I’m more of a producer and distributer.
OLI
That sounds interesting. Very interesting I must say.
OLI’S MOTHER
Oli, everything is interesting?
OLI
Yes mom. Anyway, so when is the big day?
KARIS
Well, we were looking at December. Hope that’s okay with you.
OLI’S MOTHER
Oli, we don’t have to discuss this if it makes you uncomfortable.
OLI
No Mom, I’m fine. Understanding comes from talking.
KARIS
Exactly. I always say that brushing away issues just makes them worse.
OLI
That’s the point.
ABBAS
It’s best that I resign for the good of the team. I thank you very much for the opportunity to have served and I am grateful for how much I’ve learned in this team. All the best in your future matches. Thank you once again. Abbas.
COACH
Well, I’d love to put it differently, but it’s true. Abbas has resigned from the team.
PRIEST
Abbas, you know that the team needs you right now. Even him, why would he do that?
OLI
It’s interesting how fast you drop your close friends.
PRIEST
Oli, let me go man, I have to --
OLI
Wait, I have a solution. What if we go on a hunger strike and demand that Abbas be reassigned?
PRIEST
No, it won’t work.
OLI
What if we threaten that all of us are going to quit?
PRIEST
No, I don’t see it.
OLI
I know: what if we get a lawyer to speak on behalf of Abbas and the team?
PRIEST
My friend, we are not in court. What’s wrong with you? Keep on thinking. Think, and I’m sure you’ll come up with a solution.
JOHARI
Hey Oli, you’re not alone. We’re in this together.
OLI
Thanks.
JOHARI
Come on. Take it easy. I’ll see you around.
COACH
Boys and girls, despite everything that is happening concerning Abbas, it is important for a team to stay together. Team is everything! As I’d told you earlier on, Abbas has resigned from the team. But I am personally going to do everything possible to make sure that he stays. This is the time for us to be closer and together. We need to stick together as a family despite our social, political, or even religious backgrounds. That is my faith and that is my belief. It is all wrong and unfair for Abbas to be --
ABBAS
Can I say something? The local leaders and team owner want someone to take the fall for this. Right or wrong, I meddled in a situation that I shouldn’t have. You guys will never hear the end of this, unless I resign. There comes a time when the team is more important than an individual. I’m going to miss you guys. I’m going to miss you guys so much.
JOHARI
I can’t believe this is happening. It’s a nightmare.
KEZIA
I will miss him. I really liked him.
TINA
He was a really nice guy; he used to give me money sometimes.
JOHARI
So how are we supposed to play without him?
COACH
You don't have to. I'll think of something.
ABBAS
No coach. I've decided, and so has Mr. Bukenya.
COACH
Then help me convince him.
ABBAS
I don't need to help you convince anyone.
COACH
What about the team? What then?
ABBAS
I know, but Mr. Bukenya can sort that out.
COACH
Do you love football?
ABBAS
For me, football is divine, and that's why I have to do this. But coach, you know what? You’re the best.
COACH
You’re also a superb player.
JOHARI
Don’t tell me that. I’m not your age-mate. Now that Abbas is gone, you are taking it out on me.
PRIEST
You people, stop with the foolishness. What’s wrong with you?
JOHARI
It’s this fool.
KEZIA
Me, I'm just expressing my feelings
JOHARI
You’re lying.
PRIEST
Wait a minute. Listen here, if you don’t want to listen, okay fine. Continue fighting, you bitches.
JOHARI
I’m sorry.
BETH
That’s a shady play! You are playing like kids; like it's the first time you’ve handled the ball!
OLI
Does she know that Abbas isn't here?
PRIEST
This woman bores me; she usually bores me in a big way.
BETH
Oli, I'd also like to hear what you are whispering to Pristiera.
OLI
I was telling him to --
PRIEST
Coach, not to be offensive, but the truth has to be said. Abbas's absence is causing this sitting big time. When Abbas passes the ball to me, Triza on the other end --
BETH
Enough of your excuses.
PRIEST
It’s good for the truth to be told. When you are quiet, people get hurt.
COACH
Lulu, are you okay?
LULU
Yes, I wanted to see the team training.
COACH
All right, can you pick the balls and do individual juggling around there. You really like her?
LULU
I wish she were my elder sister.
COACH
Don’t worry I like her too. All right, now let daddy work.
BETH
Boys and girls, I hope this session has been helpful. Any comments?
JACKIE
Yes, this session has really made us to open up and talk about our problems.
BETH
That’s good.
OLI
Well for me, I’m always happy to stay for this kind of session because it has helped me as a person and also as a group to be able to accommodate those people affected in the society.
BETH
I’m glad to hear that. I hope this session will help us understand, accept, and support Tina. Whatever happened to her can happen to anybody, rich or poor, young or old, male or female.
JACKIE
What? Do you mean it can also happen to me?
SONG
Yes, it even happened to someone I know.
BETH
That’s right, it happens.
PRIEST
What are you doing here?
MAMU
I have come to talk.
PRIEST
Talk about what? You are getting me into trouble by coming here. Just go.
MAMU
If I have offended you, forgive me.
PRIEST
I’m late for the meeting in the common room right now. Do you know that my other teammates are watching for me?
MAMU
Priest baby, I beg you to understand me.
PRIEST
Why are you bringing me problems?
MAMU
I’m not done with you yet!
BETH
Any ideas, suggestions? Late again?
PRIEST
You ladies are bitchy.
JOHARI
By the way, today’s session has been great. We should do this more often.
PREIST
I don’t know who cares.
KEZIA
What’s wrong with you?
JOHARI
Are you okay?
PREIST
Yeah.
KEZIA
Come on Priest. You can talk to me.
JOHARI
I mean talk to us. Trust us. Take your time.
PRIEST
You guys won’t like me for everything I’ve been doing in my life, and everything that has happened in my life in general. You guys won’t like me.
KEZIA
Come on, you know we love you. Better out than keeping it inside.
JOHARI
Look here; we can help each other in one way or the other. Talk to us. Trust us, bro. Take your time.
PRIEST
I feel like sometimes I’m at the wrong place at the wrong time. And I miss every of boat of every opportunity that comes in my way. But this time around I wont let it happen.
KEZIA
That’s the spirit brother. Come on, that’s the way forward.
JOHARI
Look here, we accept you as you are and we love you and appreciate you as you are.
PRIEST
I was wondering if after everything that’s happened in my life -- my family deserted me -- but I’m so happy for you guys. See, at least I have you guys as my family.
KEZIA
And at least your mom loves you. She comes to visits you all the time, even today.
PRIEST
She’s not my mom.
JOHARI and KEZIA
She’s not your mom?
PRIEST
She’s my other mom. After everything that happened in my life I had to turn to her. I know you guys are shocked. But don’t look at me as if I’m a murderer. Don’t look at me as if I’ve killed or done anything wrong. I mean she was the only way forward. It could have happened to anyone of you guys.
JOHARI
You do have a family here though.
PRIEST
See, my past is my worst nightmare. I try everyday to be on the right side, to do good and be loved, but I know with you guys I’m safe and I have a home. Thanks a lot guys.
KEZIA
We love you Priest.
JOHARI
Does anyone want to give Priest a hug? Come on cheer up. We love you so much, we’re proud of you. I really am and we accept you. Come on cheer up.
PRIEST
See you guys later.
JOHARI
At least we made someone happy.
KEZIA
And better.
JOHARI
Yes.