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The Team - Episode 4: Change of Guard
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In the wake of a disastrous loss in their first match together, massive changes are afoot in the leadership of Imani FC. Tension around ethnic, economic, and gender differences rises to the surface as players struggle to deal with the past. Will the roster, captain, and coach of Imani FC all be different by their next match?
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Segment 1

PRIEST
Hey Abbas, relax man, it was just a friendly. No big deal.
ABBAS
But I got substituted and I'm the captain.
PRIEST
So? In fact it was me who was removed from the field. Next time you'll do better. I'm the one who got sent off. I spiked the guy.
ABBAS
Don’t forget I’m the one who ordered it. But it says one thing about you.
PRIEST
What?
ABBAS
You know how to follow orders.
PRIEST
You are silly. It’s only because you are the captain that I even agreed.
JOHARI
Ben! Ben! Ben! Wake up. Ben wake up.
BEN
Johari, what's wrong? What's the matter? Would you please excuse us?
OLI
Sure.
JOHARI
I had that dream again.
BEN
You mean nightmare. Take it easy; it was just a dream.
JOHARI
No, it was what happened.
BEN
But we're okay. All of us are okay, including Mom and Dad.
JOHARI
But I could hear them asking for our blood, Ben.
BEN
Relax; we all got out of it, and probably stronger than we were before.
JOHARI
I don't know what I would do without you.
BEN
Let's hope you never get to find out.
OLI
What was all that about?
BEN
You will never understand.
VOICE
And Kezia has the ball; she breaks through, she dribbles past both defenders and unleashes a scathing shot and goal! Kezia has scored. This young girl is beautiful, glamorous and amazing on and off the pitch.
KEZIA
Tina? Tina?
TINA
Leave me alone!
KEZIA
What is wrong Tina? Just tell me.
TINA
Kezia, this is not like you. One minute you are treating me well, the next you are mean to me. Do you expect me to tell you anything? I won’t. Leave me alone.
KEZIA
Okay. I am here when you need to talk.
TINA
Okay.
COACH
Yesterday you played poorly, and the Bible says you will get your reward. Where is Ben? Oli, where is Ben?
OLI
Sleeping?
COACH
Why didn’t you wake him up? I will deal with you later. Now, does this team have a captain? And just what do you think is your role on the team? Laps. Remember, you can still be dropped from the team.
COACH
You have five minutes to get to the pitch. If not, you are off the team. What's going on here? What’s going on? Ben, what’s going on?
BEN
I don't know! It’s this crazy woman! I mean she just came up and hit me.
COACH
Tina, what's going on? Tina, I'm talking to you!
BETH
Let me handle this.
KEZIA
Coach, Tina is normally bewitched.
TINA
Kezia, how do you know, have you become the witchdoctor?
BETH
Tina, Tina. You can talk to me
TINA
What do you want me to tell you?
BETH
What is the problem?
TINA
I don’t have any problem.
BETH
And the nightmares?
TINA
You can't change anything. If you want to help me, just leave me alone.
COACH
Yesterday’s match was a disaster! Abbas, you are the captain. What happened?
ABBAS
Coach, I don't mean to be rude, but the problem is playing with these girls. That’s the truth. That’s the truth.
COACH
I see. Does anybody else have any other views?
JACKIE
The problem is the boys. They were refusing to pass us the ball even when we were in the right positions.
ABBAS
Coach, the best example is Tina. She runs away any time a defender gets near her. How can we play like that?
JACKIE
What did you expect, for us to rush into a defender?
BEN
Football is a contact sport.
ABBAS
Exactly.
PRIEST
Let me tell you, these girls are letting us down. If you don’t want to meet head on with someone then there is nothing you are doing on the pitch. Go home, you are selling us out.
TINA
Why should you be on the team if you want to play alone? Why don’t you just become a goalkeeper?
COACH
Order! Tina has a point. You all failed to perform as a team.
OLI
Not all of us coach. I was better.
COACH
As the saying goes, a chain is only as strong as its weakest link!
BETH
Thanks to technology, it doesn't have to be my word against yours.
COACH
First, there was a total lack of teamwork. Boys, what makes you think you can play this game without the girls? And then, there are those who decide who their coach should be. And then there was just plain stupidity! I not only have one fool on the team, I have two! And what makes it worse, one of them happens to be the captain.
PRIEST
What do want me to do?
ABBAS
Get her off the pitch.
PRIEST
Do I trip her? That’s easy work.
COACH
Priest, I expected better of you than to act like Abbas' robot!
ABBAS
She had to be stopped. She was making us look bad.
COACH
Abbas, your attitude is all wrong. Having said that, we also had some moments of brilliance. And that, boys and girls, is how a team should play. Now, I hate to do this, but I have to. I need to cut the team to ten players. So the following four will be leaving. Tony.
TONY
Coach.
COACH
Jane.
JANE
Coach, please.
COACH
Juliet. Myna. Now, not everyone can be on the team. The remaining ten players consider yourselves very lucky. I expect to see more effort and discipline from you. One more thing: Abbas, you are no longer the captain.
ABBAS
But why coach?
COACH
Who is the coach of this team?
ABBAS
It is you.
COACH
Who makes the decision here?
ABBAS
it is you.
COACH
Good! Now, do you understand that your conduct on the pitch was not that of a captain or a leader, but that of a gangster or a vigilante? That I will not allow on my team.
ABBAS
I think --
COACH
I will only discuss this if what I’m saying isn't true. Priest! Don’t go on leg breaking errands. Johari!
JOHARI
Yes coach?
COACH
You are the captain.
ABBAS
Coach, you can't do this to me!
COACH
And who are you to tell me what I can or cannot do?
ABBAS
But I was elected!
COACH
My first mistake. This is a football team, not a political party.
ABBAS
This is unfair! You are being so hard on me.
COACH
If I were being hard on you, you would have been one of the four I dropped.
ABBAS
No, listen. I’m sorry. All I’m asking for is that you give me another chance.
COACH
That you're still on the team is your other chance.
OLI
Hey, congrats. I’m proud of you.
JOHARI
Thanks. Oli, I can't be captain. I don't even want to be captain.
OLI
You'll make a very good captain.
J OHARI
You think so?
OLI
I liked the way you handled the team during the friendly. That was brave of you.
JOHARI
But I let in four goals!
OLI
If it weren’t for you, it would have been much worse. I thought I was the only one who thought so, but thank God coach thought so too.
JOHARI
What about the rest of the team?
OLI
They're all behind you. Trust me, they are.
JOHARI
What about Abbas?
OLI
Don’t mind him. He’ll sort himself out. Now cheer up. It’s your happy day. See you around.
BEN
Hey sis. Or should I call you captain?
JOHARI
Don't you start?
BEN
Did you ever imagine you would be captain of this team?
JOHARI
Not at all.
BEN
Neither did I. But it works for us, right?
JOHARI
What do you mean?
BEN
Hey, I'm you brother, your twin. Doesn't that count for something?
JOHARI
Yes it does. It means that as the captain, I'll have to make sure I'm not accused of favoritism. So you have to work harder than before.
BEN
You must be joking.
JOHARI
No Ben, I'm not joking. You have to work harder than ever everybody else. Now if you'll excuse me, I have some things to attend to.
MR. BUKENYA
How much?
MAN
The total value, which is inclusive of insurance, is 22.5 million shillings. Two weeks to arrive at the boat and our commission will be five million shillings.
MR. BUKENYA
That’s too little.
MAN
Mr. Bukenya, considering that our only work here is to facilitate the procurement of these goods, it makes very good business sense that we accept their offer. We won’t be breaking any sweat bringing in these goods, and mark my word Mr. Bukenya; we will then be retained as their official agents in the East African region. Which would definitely be good business for all of us.
MR. BUKENYA
Coach, how are you doing today?
COACH
I’m good.
MR. BUKENYA
How is the team doing?
COACH
The team is fine; the players are in good shape.
MR. BUKENYA
Great. You know, sometimes I, Mr. Bukenya, have to step in, for the interests of his investment.
COACH
I don't understand.
MR. BUKENYA
This tournament presents a very good opportunity for me -- I mean for this community -- to prove a very important point. You see, for the last ten years I have been in all kinds of businesses and charities. But none as visible as this one, when one has to deal with people directly, especially young people.
COACH
But Mr. Bukenya, football earns nothing compared to, for example, your petroleum business.
MR. BUKENYA
True, true. But that's not like this football tournament that we are in. I mean, the whole country is watching; there is extensive media coverage. Don't you get it?
COACH
I see.
MR. BUKENYA
And what better way to show that? A team is comprised of players from all corners of Kenya.
COACH
Mr. Bukenya, I keep on losing you.
MR. BUKENYA
That is the point. You will keep on losing me as long as you continue sacking elected leaders of the team.
COACH
So you mean he came complaining to you?
MR. BUKENYA
But he was elected by his teammates.
COACH
In an election he won because he was able to buy the players.
MR. BUKENYA
That’s beside the point.
COACH
Fine. Abbas can be captain, as long as I'm not coaching this team.
MR. BUKENYA
Coach. I know we can reach a compromise.
COACH
Mr. Bukenya, not on this.
MR. BUKENYA
Okay, have it your way.
COACH
Have a very good day, sir.
KEZIA
Tina, do you have to practice in the room?
TINA
I’m just doing a little practice.
KEZIA
It makes the room smell of sweat.
TINA
Sorry, I am about to finish.
KEZIA
Tina, I have a plan.
TINA
Which one?
KEZIA
Why don’t you go share the room with Johari?
TINA
Why?
KEZIA
Just like that. I feel like I’m in your way.
TINA
How?
KEZIA
Just like that.
TINA
Why don’t you go share a room with Johari?
KEZIA
No hard feelings?
TINA
Is it because of my tribe?
KEZIA
Listen Tina, not everything is about tribe.
TINA
Okay, you go away.
KEZIA
It is not hard. I will go.
TINA
Okay, go.
COACH
This is the line up for our next match. In goal will be Johari. Backs will be Priest and Oliver. Then Kezia, Ben, and Tina will strike, and Abbas will play midfield. If there is a problem and any of you thinks they can't play, let me know. Good. Well, I hope you play better than you played in the friendly. Good luck.
ABBAS
Coach, I just wanted to thank you for including me on the team.
COACH
No problem, as long as you realize it had nothing to do with your father or Mr. Bukenya.
ABBAS
I know. In fact, I’m so sorry for running to Mr. Bukenya behind your back.
COACH
Do you really mean that?
ABBAS
I do.
COACH
You might be learning something after all.
ABBAS
Thank you. Thank you so much.