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The Team - Episode 13: Face Off
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The tumultuous first season of Imani FC's existence has boiled down to this, the championship game. They must put all that they have learned about perseverance and teamwork together into one full match of stellar play to win against all odds. Do they have what it takes?
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Segment 1

KEZIA
Tina, sorry.
TINA
They say there is no evidence. How would I have known?
KEZIA
Are you sure you would be in a position to play today’s game?
TINA
Why wouldn't I?
KEZIA
Are you sure?
TINA
We have to go and win that tournament. Anyway, let me get ready so we can go to the game, okay?
KEZIA
Okay, don’t worry.
JUMA
Hi Abbas. I’m talking to you Abbas. Abbas, I’m talking to you.
COACH
Team, we have a game today, a major game. It is the final. Let's go out there and win. The journey to get here has not been easy. We started as a group of individuals, but now we're a team. It's true we've had our ups and downs, but now this is the crucial moment, the time we've all been waiting for. So guys, I want you to go out there and give it your best shot. All right? All right, team?
TEAM
Yes, coach.
BEN
I have something, for Priest.
MR. BUKENYA
Quick! Look organized, the press in on their way. Why the armbands?
JOHARI
It's in memory of Priest.
MR. BUKENYA
But he died under suspicious circumstances.
OLI
Priest was one of us.
KEZIA
We are not going to play without the armbands.
MR. BUKENYA
Coach, you will let them behave like this?
COACH
Ben, give me an armband.
BETH
Me too.
MR. BUKENYA
Armband. Thank you, members of the press, for coming.
JUMA
Are you playing today? I’m talking to you Abbas. Aren't you playing today?
ABBAS
I don't think so.
JUMA
Why not?
ABBAS
I resigned in disgrace, as you so like to remind me.
JUMA
Don’t you think you’re teammates need you more now that your friend is dead? You know Abbas, if I were you I’d go out and play that match and help your team.
MR. BUKENYA
I’d like to take this opportunity to inform you that though we've lost a crucial member of the team, the players have agreed to play this match in memory of --
BETH
Pristiera Mukwanja.
MR. BUKENYA
Yes, of him. Even in this time of pain and sadness, Imani Co-ed Football Team will make sure it plays this game to the best ability possible, isn’t it?
TEAM
Yes.
MR. BUKENYA
That will be all. Thank you very much.
MAN 1
One question please.
MR. BUKENYA
That will be all. Thank you.
COACH
Tighten the midfield. Tighten! Song, Song!
BETH
I'll have to substitute you.
KEZIA
I can play.
BETH
You could end up damaging your foot completely.
KEZIA
I'm going to play.
BETH
Even against my advice?
COACH
Beth, How's she doing?
KEZIA
I'm fine!
BETH
Not good.
KEZIA
Come on coach, you know we have to win this game and we cannot win it by playing a defensive game. Coach, all the players left on the bench are all defenders.
COACH
Doctor, you think she can hold until the end?
DOCTOR
If it's well bandaged, yes.
COACH
All right, do what you must. When I first started coaching this team, I knew I was in trouble. Big trouble. Today, when I watch you play, I realize how far you've come, how much we’ve invested both as individuals and as a team. I am proud to be your coach.
BEN
I wish Abbas were here. We would have shown this team who they're messing with.
COACH
That is probably true, but we have to depend on who we have now. All right? All right team?
TEAM
Yes coach.
COACH
Johari.
JOHARI
Okay guys, let's gather around. On the count of three: one for Priest and one for Imani. One, two, three. Who is this game for?
TEAM
Priest!
JOHARI
Who are the best footballers ever?
TEAM
Imani FC!
SONG
All right guys, lets go to it.
MOTHER
How can you disrespect me so much?
COACH
Mother, what are you talking about?
MOTHER
You kicked me out of your house so Johari can continue being captain?
COACH
But Ma, she is a good captain.
MOTHER
A good captain and yet they have already been beaten two to zero? I told you, people of that tribe are not people you work with.
LULU
Grandma, Dad isn't like that, he doesn't believe in all this tribe business.
MOTHER
We know what they did to your mom. We will not forgive them nor accept them.
LULU
Dad already has.
MOTHER
You're too young to understand this, and do not speak to me like that.
LULU
He paid the hospital bill for Kezia's brother.
MOTHER
What did he do?
KEZIA
It was you? You paid for my bill? You paid for my brother's bill.
LULU
I told you!
KEZIA
But why?
COACH
Kezia, just go play; we’ll talk after the match.
KEZIA
Thank you coach.
MOTHER
You even went ahead and paid hospital bills for one of them!
COACH
This has to stop right now. For how long will we blame each other?
MOTHER
For how long? How long? These people, we cannot accept them.
LULU
Why Grandma, what did Johari ever do to you? Or Kezia's brother?
MOTHER
You are too young to understand what is going on, do you hear me?
LULU
Why grandma because, it's the truth? If we all focus on being different tribes, what makes us Kenyans? Sorry Dad.
COACH
No, it's okay Lulu. She had to be told the truth. And I’m glad it came from you. Now let's go to the pitch and win.
COACH
Abbas, what a surprise!
ABBAS
Coach, let me play. Please.
COACH
Well, it doesn’t depend on me. It depends on them.
ABBAS
I’m so sorry about everything. Please let me back.
JUMA
What's he doing? Go Abbas, go!
COACH
Team, I am proud of you. I am proud of you all and the way you played. You showed excellent team spirit. Despite all that was going on against you, you played a superb match. It is a pity that we lost and even I don’t know the fate of this team. Just know I am honored to have been your coach, and given the chance, I would coach you guys any day.
BETH
I’m also please to have worked with you. I grew a lot during this whole process and I think --
MR. BUKENYA
That was unbelievable, guys! I’ve never been that entertained in my whole life! That was awesome.
MR. BUKENYA
Attention, attention. Thank you. I have an announcement to make. I think I’d rather let our technical director Mr. "Ghost" Mulee make it.
JACOB "GHOST" MULEE
Thank you Mr. Bukenya. I would like to announce that after very careful scrutiny of the match records, the board that runs the league has decided to award Imani FC the "Best Sportsmanship Award.” That’s not all. You are also qualified for the next championship. I think you should all be proud of this achievement.
MR. BUKENYA
Why the long faces? To add to that, I have decided that I will sponsor the team for the next season. All right, all right. Settle down. And coach, what do you have to say to that.
COACH
Thank you, thank you.
MR. BUKENYA
Congratulations. Can we get applause for that please?
COACH
So, how many of you will be with us in the next championship?
BETH
Well, I really don't think that’s the kind of decision we want to make right now. Let’s party.