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The Team - Episode 12: Challenging Moments
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Still reeling from Priest's murder, Imani FC must begin the process of grieving while dealing with the trial of the policeman who assaulted Tina. Will these challenging moments bring them together as a team?
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Segment 1

KEZIA
What’s up bro! You look fat.
RODEZ
I’m okay, have I grown fat?
KEZIA
Why have you grown this fat?
RODEZ
It’s this bad hospital food.
KEZIA
Come on, you look fine.
RODEZ
And I feel better too! But you? You don’t look very well. What’s up?
KEZIA
It’s Priest. He’s dead. Murdered.
RODEZ
I’m so sorry Kezia.
KEZIA
And to make matters worst, I hear he was involved in crime. He lied to us, all of us. I’ll never forgive him. Never!
RODEZ
Kezia, being here in the hospital has made me appreciate life. And life is too short to hold grudges.
KEZIA
I know, but it’s hard.
RODEZ
He lied to you, fine, that was wrong. But his behavior to you was one of a friend. That’s all that matters. Remember the good and forgive the bad.
KEZIA
I know, but it’s hard.
RODEZ
I know. Now what have you brought for me, hospital food is terrible.
KEZIA
I have just remembered that I have to go somewhere. But this will make you happy.
BEN
You did nothing. The biggest match of our lives is coming soon, and you make it worst by being a lousy player.
OLI
Me? Come on man, you weren’t passing the ball to anybody.
BEN
You suck.
OLI
What?
TINA
Boys, relax! Stop fighting, okay? I have a plan. Get up quickly, come here. Okay guys; for the sake of Priest let’s take a moment of silence.
OLI
Okay. Thank you so much everybody. So, what was your plan?
TINA
My plan is very simple. This thing of blaming each other when we get off the field is not good. We have come here as a team. Is that true?
TEAM
It’s true.
TINA
Okay good. For the team: One! Two! Three! Team!
TEAM
Team!
TINA
Someone to go and call coach and Beth.
COACH
What’s that for Tina?
TINA
This is for writing all the things we liked about Priest and what we like about teammates.
PRIEST
Hey my guys, now what about this showoff plan of ours? Someone cannot spill the flour while looking. You ladies are the ones selling us off. If you don’t want to meet head on with someone who has the ball then there is nothing you are doing on the pitch.
TINA
Then why don’t you just become a goalkeeper?
PRIEST
Why would someone steal from us? Give us our money then we’ll give you your practice.
TEAM
Give us our money and we’ll give you you’re practice. Give us our money and we’ll give you you’re practice.
JOHARI
Are you crazy?
PRIEST
People haven’t been paid. These people don’t respect us, so we shouldn’t respect them. Coach, you can’t handle this incident it is over you by nine feet. Pay us or we’ll pay you.
PRIEST
Coach, we were all afraid. By that time people were dancing to the music, sir.
COACH
What else would they be dancing to?
PRIEST
Yes, the music, the music.
PREACHER
God's people, it is well. On behalf of the church, bring your condolences to mama Priest. We are so sorry. Today is a sad day. It is a sad day that we have to see off son Priest. Can we bow our heads and pray? Our God and our father, we thank you for this beautiful day, we thank you because all things happen because we have allowed them to happen. Big questions come to us. Why did it have to happen? We thank you father because we have answers to these questions. We thank you, we give you glory and we give your honor. Thank you Jesus. Different people will express their love differently, and we are all unique. We've got to understand our fellow brothers and sisters.
MEN
For your trip, keep yourself with that! Priest! Priest!
PREACHER
Brothers and sisters, different people have different ways of expressing their feelings and we have to allow our brothers to express their own feelings.
MAN 1
Priest, we are missing you big time, you know we miss you. It’s your brother.
PREACHER
By man came death; by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam, all die, even so in Christ all must be made alive. For every man in his own order, Christ, the first food afterwards the time Christ shall come. Behold I show you a mystery, we shall not all sleep, we shall all be changed.
PREIST’S MOM
No! No!
PREACHER
Amen. Members, ashes to ashes --
PREIST’S MOM
My son.
PREACHER
-- Dust to dust.
PREIST’S MOM
My son. No! My Son.
MAN 2
Everything that we did together, take that. Peace, my friend.
MAN 3
This one man, you quench your thirst on your journey, peace my friend.
MAN 4
Priest man, we miss you big time.
MAN 5
This is yours man, for quenching your thirst on your journey.
PREACHER
Oh death, why is you stay? Let’s pray. In our God and our father, we thank you for this service and we do know that one day we will meet again with our son, with our brother and our comrade. We ask you general masses, thank you that you continue to comfort this family. In Jesus’ name we pray in beneath. Now with the grace of all of Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us now and forever more. Amen.
JOHARI
Tina, you look great.
TINA
Thank you, thank you. You don’t have to sound so surprised. I’m so scared.
KEZIA
Come on Tina; don’t be scared. Here, have this. It was Priest’s. He told me it brought him good luck. I really hope it brings you good luck.
TINA
I hope so. Thank you.
COACH
Beth, what time is the hearing?
BETH
Eleven.
COACH
What does the lawyer say?
BETH
No DNA evidence.
COACH
So it’s her word against his.
TINA
What if he comes after me later on?
JOHARI
Come on, he’ll be in prison.
TINA
But what if he isn’t?
COACH
Tina, whatever you’re doing is incredibly brave. We are going to be with you when you come back. No matter the outcome.
OLI
Coach, we took a vote.
COACH
Here we go again. Let’s here it.
JOHARI
Coach, we would like to ask if we could miss training today so we can be with Tina. She really needs us.
COACH
Sure, Johari’s right. I wish I’d thought of it. For better or worse, we’re all in this together. Right?
TEAM
Yes coach.
COACH
Let’s pray.
JUDGE
Are the defense and prosecution ready with their submissions?
PROSECUTOR
Yes, your honor.
JUDGE
Carry on.
PROSECUTOR
Your honor, we are asking that this court find the accused guilty of the crime of rape, which happened on the third of February 2008. Your honor, my client is a disadvantaged young girl who is an orphan and who takes care of other orphans with whom she lives in Bangladesh Slum. Her only mistake your honor on that day was to seek assistance on that day from a group of policemen and who were manning a roadblock in the area. This was to rush a young child who was in her care to the hospital. However, contrary to the police call of service to all, the accused, instead of helping my client, pulled her into an alley where he raped her. Your honor, we are talking about an eighteen year old who is emotionally disturbed by the actions and the crime committed by this man. She is a young girl who is committed to serving humanity even in adversity. This is a young girl who is traumatized by the actions of the very person that she went to seeking help. Your honor, this is Tina, who is emotionally distressed by the actions and the crime committed by that man and because of the subsequent death of the child who could not make it to the hospital. Your honor, the prosecution feels that it has proved, beyond the shadow of a doubt, its case. My client has given a clear and consistent account of the events of the evening of the third of February 2008. The testimony and evidence we feel are sufficient to convict the accused. To prove a rape case, your honor, we do not need an eyewitness. Your honor, we ask this court to find the accused guilty of the crime of rape. These are the prosecutions’ humble submissions your honor, thank you.
JUDGE
Defense.
DEFENSE
Your honor, it is self evident that the prosecution has miserably failed to prove this case. The complainant here, and the prosecution team, did not avail any witness before this court. Furthermore, there was no medical evidence brought forward to support this case. For these reasons, I humbly request that you acquit my client in accordance with the law. These are the submissions of the defense. Thank you your honor.
JUDGE
The court will break for an hour recess before I make my ruling. The court takes note that rape is a very serious crime and on the increase in our society. It’s time society, and particularly men, deceased from using women as objects. What happened to the complainant was terrible and should never happen to anybody. The law is there to protect. Ms. Tina Sombayo, what you did today was very brave and I wish more women would come forward like you did. However, the court requires evidence to convict and in this case the court had not been provided with medical evidence to sustain conviction. There was a glaring lapse in the time of reporting the crime that would have been very crucial in this case. I am very, very sorry, but I have no option but to dismiss this case.
TINA
Animal, animal.
JUDGE
I am very, very sorry, but I have no option but to dismiss this case.
OLI
I’m sorry Tina. I’m so sorry.
TINA
That fool has to pay! You know what Oli? A guy like you doesn’t deserve to be here wasting your time playing kids’ games.
OLI
But I love football Tina. What should I do, should I quit?
TINA
Fine, it’s talent, but you should fight for people like us, fight for me at least.
OLI
I’ll think of something. I’m sorry. You’ll be fine. Okay?
TINA
Okay.