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The Team - Episode 3: Friendly
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After a night of partying, led by Abbas, the players of Imani FC don't look up to the task of facing Nyota FC in a friendly match that very afternoon. Coach is angry with the players, and chooses a starting lineup that leaves Ben and Oli fuming. As game time approaches, the team must find a way to play together to avoid losing badly.
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Segment 1

KEZIA
What is all the noise for? Stop being annoying and keep quiet.
COACH
What did you say Kezia?
KEZIA
Nothing coach.
COACH
I thought so. Abbas! Abbas!
ABBAS
Coach?
COACH
This is your first and last warning. A repeat of last night and you will be out of here faster than you can spell your names. We have our very first friendly match today, and what do I get? A bunch of good for nothing partying misfits masquerading as players!
OLI
Coach, with all due respect, you don't have the right to call us names.
COACH
You, my learned friend, don't have the right to tell me anything!
OLI
But coach, honestly, why are you ignoring our rights?
COACH
Not after breaking all the rules of this camp. Ladies and gentlemen, let us agree that we are all doomed. Nyota FC is going to plow through you the way a matatu plows through rush hour traffic.
KEZIA
And coach, who are Nyota FC?
COACH
Now let's watch a bit of Nyota FC’s play. Okay, from there, can anyone tell me what their strengths are?
ABBAS
The girls' faces?
COACH
Abbas!
ABBAS
Coach?
COACH
Can you go and find out where Oli is and tell him to come back here? Anyone else? Yes?
PRIEST
Let me ask you coach, this Nyota FC, what strength do they have that we don’t?
COACH
Their strength? Well, it is very simple. They are everything that you’re not. As you can see, they play as one unit and everyone knows their place on the field. They are disciplined, determined, and dedicated. Most importantly, they respect each other's role.
PRIEST
The way we have become good players yet you say we are not?
ABBAS
Hey Oli, are you still alive?
OLI
Barely.
ABBAS
But last night was fun, man.
OLI
Honestly, that was the wildest party I’ve ever been to man. My hat is off to you.
ABBAS
Next time I will definitely take you to a much better place.
OLI
When is there a next time?
ABBAS
There’s always a next time.
OLI
I surrender. I’m not attending any of your parties.
ABBAS
Clean up. Coach is missing you.
OLI
No way. I’m never going back.
ABBAS
Never say "never."
OLI
No, no, no. My head is killing me.
COACH
That is the line up for today’s game.
BEN
But coach --
COACH
Yes Ben?
BEN
The team needs me.
OLI
Excuse me coach, what criteria have been used in naming today's team? Because I smell foul play!
COACH
Look here Ben, you may be the best player on this team, but always remember that you are not irreplaceable.
BEN
But coach!
COACH
Ben!
BEN
But coach!
COACH
Ben! When will you learn to respect me as your coach? And as for you Oli, I do not need sick people on my team.
OLI
Coach, I’m not sick.
COACH
Look here; I made this decision after a very careful consideration.
OLI
But then why --
COACH
An hour ago you looked as if you were dying.
OLI
Yes coach, but now I feel much better. I’m okay, I promise.
COACH
You don't look it.
OLI
Coach, we may not be as disciplined or dedicated as Nyota FC players, but we are determined.
BEN
Very determined!
OLI
That's how we got here in the first place.
BEN
And some of us against great opposition.
OLI
So please coach, we are begging you. Please give us this chance.
BEN
Let us prove ourselves.
OLI
Please coach. We need this chance.
COACH
All right, you are in.
OLI
Yes!
BEN
Yes!
COACH
But don’t make me regret my decision.
OLI
Thanks coach!
PRIEST'S AUNT
Hello?
PRIEST
Hello.
PRIEST'S AUNT
How are you?
PRIEST
Did you receive the money I sent you?
PRIEST'S AUNT
I got it, thank you very much. How are you doing there?
PRIEST
I am fine. In fact, today we have a friendly.
PRIEST'S AUNT
Don’t worry. You will win.
PRIEST
Thank you. How are Mum and Dad?
PRIEST'S AUNT
They are fine. Mum was telling me she has a minor cold that is disturbing her.
PRIEST
Say hello to her and tell her to get well soon.
PRIEST'S AUNT
I will tell her.
PRIEST
Thank you. Let's talk later.
PRIEST'S AUNT
No problem, my child. Thank you.
PRIEST
And thank you for talking to Mum.
PRIEST'S AUNT
You’re welcome. Sister, that was Priest, your son.
PRIEST'S MOTHER
No. Not any more.
PRIEST'S AUNT
You can't say that. He is your son.
PRIEST'S MOTHER
I can't believe I brought such a person to this world.
PRIEST'S AUNT
You have to understand the environment that we live in. All we can do is pray for him and accept him. I believe that will change him.
PRIEST'S MOTHER
I have tried that for years.
PRIEST'S AUNT
We can't give up. Furthermore, he’s even trying to reach out to you. Please, let's give him a second chance.
PRIEST
Hello, Mamou, we can’t talk right now. No, but don’t let it get in the way of business. I will call you later.
COACH
Where is Priest? Today is your first match as a team. Yes, it's a friendly match. But to me, it is a deciding factor. It's going to decide the tone of the remaining time between now and the championship. This game decides who goes home and who stays in the camp. Therefore, you must play well and you must play good. And to win, you must remember three very important things: One, teamwork; two, teamwork; three, teamwork. And if anyone of you does anything to piss me off, I'll make your life a living hell. Grumbling is one of the things that pisses me off! That's better. Well, if you win today's match, you get an extra day off.
ABBAS
Imani FC! Imani FC! Tell me, who's going to win?
TEAM
We will!
ABBAS
Who's going to win?
TEAM
We will!
TITLE
Imani FC: 0, Nyota FC: 1.
RODEZ
Don’t worry. We've still got a long way to go before the end of the match.
COACH
Kezia! Long ball, long ball!
RODEZ
Kezia! Short pass! Kezia, short pass!
COACH
Long ball, long ball! What is she doing?
TITLE
Imani FC: 0, Nyota FC: 2.
TITLE
Halftime: Imani FC: 0, Nyota FC: 2.
COACH
Now, could someone please tell me what is going on out there? Ben! You practically begged me to put you in today's team. Now prove to me that I've made the right mistake! Kezia!
KEZIA
Yes coach?
COACH
Who's the coach of this team? Now can you try and remember that before taking unsolicited coaching from foreign entities! There can be only one team coach at a time.
KEZIA
Yes coach.
COACH
Abbas, football is a team sport. I need to see your team spirit. Clear?
ABBAS
Crystal.
COACH
Now the rest of you, I want you to go out there and pull up your socks. I need you to go there and do better than you did. All right?
TITLE
Second half: Imani FC: 0, Nyota FC: 2.
TITLE
Imani FC: 0, Nyota FC: 3.
ABBAS
Hey Priest, this team is making us look bad.
PRIEST
What do you want me to do?
ABBAS
Get her off the pitch!
PRIEST
Do I trip her? That’s easy work.
COACH
Priest!
TITLE
Full time: Imani FC: 0, Nyota FC: 3.
BETH
What’s wrong with you? Players shake hands. These players have displayed what it means to behave honorably. Why don’t you respect that by following their example by shaking hands?
PRIEST
Yes Mamou, I'll be there. No, for the whole weekend. We have leave. Okay. See you in a bit.
COACH
Well, I was happy to see you help calm the fans down, but their sentiments are valid. You played very, very poorly. Where is your captain? Where is Priest? Well, can you convey to them that this weekend's leave has been cancelled?
RODEZ
Cheer up! The place where I sat, everyone was cheering for Kezia. I told them, that’s my sister.
KEZIA
Oh come on. The coach is angry. Even the leave we were supposed to have this weekend has been cancelled.
RODEZ
Why?
KEZIA
He said I did not play well. When you told me to pass the ball to another player, coach asked why I listened to you and not him.
RODEZ
So he is angry with me?
KEZIA
It will be fine.
OLI
Ben, come on man! Could you possibly be any more annoying than that?
BEN
I don't know, but since our leave has been cancelled and I have all this time on my hands, let's see just how annoying I can be.
COACH
Lulu, I have had a bad day, and we are not going to go through this tonight. Eat the pasta.
LULU
It is overcooked. Mum didn’t cook like this.
COACH
Mum is no longer with us; it's just you and me. So you either take it or leave it.
LULU
I'll leave.
COACH
Sit down! I’m sorry, please forgive me? Please, please, please? There you are. A smile. Give me a hug? Okay, a handshake then. Good girl. That’s more like it.