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The Team - Episode 2: Bonding
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Coach drives the players hard on the first day of practice, hoping to get them ready for the first match. The players of Imani FC convince the coach to allow them to vote for captain. Abbas, who is from a wealthy family, decides to bribe his teammates to ensure victory. What was supposed to be a team bonding opportunity now threatens to tear the team apart.
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Segment 1

PRIEST
Hello, bro. Let me ask you, did you pick up the money I wired? Mum didn’t accept it? What’s wrong? Well, that's sad. What's wrong with that money?
COACH
Wake up! Wake up!
BEN
Why didn't you wake me up when you were getting out of the room?
OLI
Section 7-cap 3a of the international code --
BEN
Shut up.
OLI
Come on.
COACH
Move closer. Hey, you’re late! Go to the touchline and give me 30 pushups. Quick! The rest of you divide yourselves into groups. I want four there, I want two there, I want one there and I want six in the other station. Move. How many so far?
JANE
Sir!
COACH
Do you know the meaning of time?
JANE
Yes sir. Fifteen, sixteen, seventeen, eighteen --
COACH
Do you have a watch?
JANE
Yes sir! It's in the dorm, sir.
COACH
That watch is supposed to be in your small head. Understand? Move it.
BEN
Coach is treating us like inmates!
OLI
I don't follow...
BEN
We've got to stand up to him. We are stars!
OLI
Perfectionism is a learned art that calls for an intractable character --
BEN
Shut up!
OLI
No, for real! If you want to become a star --
BEN
Cut it out genius!
COACH
Speed! Speed, Abbas, work on your speed! Hey! What does the whistle mean? Remember that this is a training camp and not a picnic. So once you're here, you've got to push, push, push and push harder. Right? I can see that most of you will not make it. Once you are here, you have only one purpose, and that is to win. To succeed, you have to work together! To succeed you have to forget any other family, or any other village that you come from. Forget your baby cots that you used to sleep in and remember that this is a camp! Your family! You've got no other but the camp. Understood?
TEAM
Yes, coach.
COACH
Hey boy! Are you a soccer player?
ABBAS
Yes I am.
COACH
I hope you did not carry your face lotion to the camp. And you girls, there are no hair salons around here, all right? So you might consider cutting that hair. What is your name? And you? And you? Wrong! When you come here you forgot your individual names. You all belong to one big family, and that is Imani Football Club. What’s your name?
TEAM
Imani Football Club!
COACH
That is your name! And that is your family! And to remain in this family, you have to prove yourself! To be in this family you have to work hard at it. You have to work as a family and as a team! In a few days time I will be selecting only ten of you. So you have to prove yourself and be on time. You have to eat football, dream football, and at this moment you have to live for football. So what are you here for?
TEAM
Football!
COACH
Good. Football is a team game. It belongs to neither you, you, nor even me. It is a team game. Hey you! Can you join us if you are still alive? I'd hoped to appoint a captain by the end of the day. But none of you are showing leadership qualities.
OLI
Excuse me sir. Democratically speaking, the rule of law states that the majority vote and appoint the most favored candidate --
COACH
What's your point?
OLI
I was suggesting that we elect our own captain as a team. Or what do you guys have to say?
COACH
Whichever way, all I want is a name come tomorrow morning. You can have a five-minute break.
BETH
Hey what was that about girls' hair?
COACH
Some of them look like they have come for a beauty pageant.
BETH
But they can keep their long hair if they want to. Please do not be too hard on them; this is only their first day.
COACH
Nice hair. Hey, don't worry, that was just a joke.
JOHARI
Why you want to get us in trouble?
OLI
Freedom of expression. I'd rather bite the bullet by its head!
JOHARI
It's not as easy as you say!
KEZIA
Listen Oli, even bullets fire back sometimes. So be very, very careful.
OLI
Where did that come from?
ABBAS
Hey guys, I’ll be your captain. What do you think?
TINA
I’m the one who is supposed to be captain.
KEZIA
You, Tina?
TINA
What don't I have?
KEZIA
I just didn't think that people with your blood could be leaders.
TINA
Watch your words, Kezia.
KEZIA
Or you'll do what?
TINA
Look at her. Your face looks like a pregnant mouse.
BEN
Stop it, ladies.
TINA
She's no lady.
ABBAS
Who wants a bully captain? I know I don't.
KEZIA
We'll see who will make a better captain, rich boy.
ABBAS
Put your money where your mouth is. Can you run a team?
OLI
It's by the vote that we will decide who becomes the captain.
COACH
If I answer this, who will I find on the other end? Give me two laps then go back to your respective positions.
TOM
Hey Beth, what's up?
BETH
I’m fine. How are you?
TOM
I’m good. How do you do?
BETH
Everything is fine. Thanks for helping pay allowances for the team.
TOM
In fact that’s what I’m working on. I should be through by the end of the day.
BETH
Why are the players making noise?
TOM
Should I check on them?
BETH
No, thanks, I’ll handle them.
KEZIA
I’m not like you. Your people eat cockroaches.
JACKIE
And your people eat mice. I’ll hit you.
KEZIA
Try.
BETH
Stop it. I want to see some respect around here!
JACKIE
Does she know what respect is? Look at her! She is saying that our people eat cockroaches.
KEZIA
She also says my people eat mice.
JACKIE
But it’s the truth!
BETH
Guys! Look at each other as individuals, not as tribes! Jackie, if you and Kezia hate each other, do it as individuals, not tribes.
KEZIA
But she started it.
BETH
Let's not lose focus. I want to see you work as a team. Jackie, Kezia.
ABBAS
Tina, Tina. One minute, I want to talk to you. I want you to vote for me as captain.
TINA
Why is being captain so important to you?
ABBAS
I have my reasons.
TINA
What's one of them?
ABBAS
I can take care of things on and off the pitch, if you know what I mean. Are you taking the money or not, cause its going, going…
TINA
Bring that money.
ABBAS
Okay, cool. So you’ll vote for me?
TINA
Cool.
OLI
No I'm not!
KEZIA
You're joking Oli! I'd love to, but why are you campaigning so vigorously for me?
OLI
Because you handle the players perfectly well from the back position. You have what it takes Kezia.
KEZIA
We are a team only, remember?
OLI
Seriously Kezia, let me tell you, your candidacy for captain would be the best gift to democracy.
KEZIA
But Abbas is bribing the players.
OLI
Bribed? Kezia, the rule of law, transparency and good governance must always prevail.
KEZIA
Tell that to them.
OLI
That will be a travesty of justice. I will talk to everyone to participate in the voting process. Is that okay?
KEZIA
But coach said that we need to pick a captain by tomorrow morning.
OLI
Oh, I'm sorry, I'd forgotten about that. Actually, we can --
KEZIA
"We?" I'm not interested.
ABBAS
All your problems are over. I have the solution for you. But only to those who vote for me as captain. Ask my boy Ben what I mean.
TRIZA
Kezia is also vying for captain. I'm saying, Kezia is vying for captain, and she plays better than you.
ABBAS
That girl is from the bush. Does she know what it means to run a team?
BEN
Abbas is right.
SONG
No you cannot talk like that. That place that you're calling the bush is where I come from. Don’t you know that?
ABBAS
I know that. I was just joking.
SONG
There are things you don't joke around with. Just know that.
TRIZA
We used to. What happened?
SONG
A lot of things happened.
JACKIE
We will vote for you. One thousand shillings only?
ABBAS
Be easy, more is coming.
JACKIE
Is there more?
ABBAS
Bro, take the money. This is not much but there is more where this came from.
SONG
I will take your money, but know this: I'm not your "bro."
ABBAS
Okay, no big deal.
ABBAS
Hey babe. Or can I call you star?
JOHARI
I'm not your babe. What is it that you want?
ABBAS
Must I always want something? Can't I just be friendly?
JOHARI
Do I look that stupid to you. What exactly do you want?
ABBAS
Okay, okay. I would like you to vote for me in the upcoming election.
JOHARI
Put that away. You know, Abbas, sometimes I think that I could really, really like you. But then you start doing stupid things like trying to bribe me. Excuse me.
ABBAS
Wait, wait. You know what? I'm sorry for trying to bribe off a classy woman such as yourself. But if you ever change your mind, meet me near the main fence.
JOHARI
Near the main fence! Me? You’re impossible!
TINA
Hi, how are you guys doing?
BOY
Fine.
TINA
How are the others doing? This money is for you guys to buy food and anything else you need.
BOY
Thanks a lot auntie. When are you coming over?
TINA
This weekend. Go now before we get caught.
KEZIA
Hi friend. Listen, Tina, how are you?
TINA
Oh, now I’m your friend?
KEZIA
Come on, we don't have to be friends, but at least we can be civil.
TINA
Is that why you want us to be friends?
KEZIA
Okay, forget about the past. Vote for me.
TINA
Hold it. Forget it. I'm voting for Abbas. At least he gives me money and he is not my friend.
OLI
She walks in like this: "May I have your attention please? My name is Beth and I am the assistant coach. You find that funny? Get used to it. In fact, get used to the fact that you will be playing on a co-ed team." Oh and here comes the big man now: "Hey Priest, who will I find on the other side of this phone?" Hey guy I meant no harm. You can't take a joke? Priest? Come back man!
KEZIA
Come on Priest; don't let Oli get to you.
PRIEST
Not out of malice, but I just don't like people joking around with me.
KEZIA
I can tell.
PRIEST
You're a good player.
KEZIA
For a girl?
PRIEST
For anybody. Who taught you?
KEZIA
My brother. He and I are tight. You'll see him at the game.
PRIEST
My brother and I used to be so tight. My whole family, actually. We were all really tight.
KEZIA
What happened?
PRIEST
I screwed up and did one of those things in life that you cannot take back. One of those things that come into your life and you have no control over them.
KEZIA
Don’t worry.
BEN
Hey sis, I want to talk to you.
JOHARI
What's stopping you?
BEN
Hey, don't be so rude!
JOHARI
Are going to tell me what you had in mind or not?
BEN
Okay. Vote for Abbas.
JOHARI
Me? Hell no. I don't like him, and furthermore, he hasn't bribed me.
BEN
Watch out your loose tongue!
JOHARI
My vote for Kezia is final.
BEN
What is wrong with you? Kezia is from the other tribe, those who burnt our house. Remember?
JOHARI
I didn't see her doing it.
OLI
Ladies and gentlemen, let me say, it is my pleasure to -- Okay, fine. Votes for captain: Kezia got two votes, Johari got three, and Abbas is the winning captain.
ABBAS
We are a total of 14 players. Where's my extra one vote?
OLI
Someone can abstain, and as far as I'm concerned, that is within the confines of the law.
ABBAS
Really?
OLI
Congratulations for steamrolling your way up to captain.
ABBAS
Steamrolling my way? Oli, let bygones be bygones.
OLI
This is against all tenets of justice and the rule of law.
KEZIA
It's not the end of the world.
OLI
It's a breach of all the constitutional statutes that govern democratic elections.
KEZIA
Come on Oli, who cares about all that? Who cares about law, or whatever?
ABBAS
Thank you so much for the fair play Kezia. You, my brother, should be on the board of the electoral commission. Anyway, guys, here's the thing -- tonight it's a party. My treat. Can you guys come? I'll take care of everything. Trust me.
KEZIA
I guess we'll come.
ABBAS
Nine pm at the fence. Is that okay?
KEZIA
Okay, see you then.
OLI
What have you gotten me into?
KEZIA
Come on Oli, it's just a party.
OLI
Abbas played you like a baby!
KEZIA
I'm telling you; tonight I'll dress to kill! And you, my friend, are going to be my date.
OLI
Me? I'm out of here.
KEZIA
Come on shy guy, it's just a joke!
COACH
Tina, this is impressive! Have you chosen a captain?
TINA
We chose Abbas.
COACH
Abbas? That's interesting. All right, continue.
COACH
Hello? We have a situation here.
BEN
Priest isn't coming.
ABBAS
Priest knows the venue; he'll find us there.
OLI
I'm only accompanying you guys just in case you get into some sort of a quandary.
KEZIA
Ah yes. Blah, blah, blah!
OLI
Guys, litigation is a complex process. What, I don’t have a right to speak?