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The Team - Episode 5: Celebration
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Coach is pleased with Johari's performance as captain, so when she asks for permission to host a small party to celebrate victory, coach agrees on condition that the team doesn't get disorderly. Abbas and Priest break the rules by bringing alcohol and drugs, and soon enough, tensions rise. Just as the team is starting to gel, will this party undo everything that has been achieved?
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Segment 1

COACH
Johari.
JOHARI
Yes, coach?
COACH
So, are you up to it?
JOHARI
I guess so. The team has been very supportive.
COACH
So, I bet the lineup remains the same, unless you have something to tell me.
JOHARI
No, nothing I can think of at the moment.
COACH
By the way, I have noticed my daughter is so fond of you.
JOHARI
She is an adorable little girl. I like her very much.
COACH
True, true, she is a nice girl, though she can be stubborn at times.
JOHARI
Yes, children are always like that at times. But if I may ask coach, where is her mother? Sorry coach, I have offended you. I guess I must be going.
COACH
No, it's okay, its okay Johari. You know, the trust Lulu has in you made me choose someone I can trust as the captain.
JOHARI
Thank you very much.
COACH
Fate has a way of bringing people from the same blood together. I believe it's only natural. We should be proud that out of the two of us, one is the coach and the other one is the captain.
JOHARI
And what do you mean by one of us?
COACH
You see, we were about to celebrate seven years of our marriage. I had taken the team away for a friendly match when it all started. Had we been together, she wouldn't have died.
JOHARI
I am very sorry coach.
COACH
That is why I’m insisting that we have to stick together! Blood is thicker than water.
JOHARI
I see. But I'm not from there; I'm from the other side of the country.
COACH
Oh, I see. How come I hadn't noticed this?
BETH
What?
COACH
Oh, nothing. Nothing.
JOHARI
What?
ABBAS
Come on Johari. Relax. I was just thinking, isn’t it time we go onto the field?
JOHARI
If I wanted to know what you were thinking I would have asked you. I’m sorry. I'm just a little bit nervous.
ABBAS
I know, I’ve been there before.
JOHARI
But where's coach?
ABBAS
Don't worry about coach. You're now the captain, and our leader. You can make the decisions.
JOHARI
So what should I do?
ABBAS
You should give the guys a pep talk. Psych them up so that we can go and unleash on our opponents.
JOHARI
Abbas, what should I say?
ABBAS
No, I have faith in you. You know what to say.
LULU
Dad, are you okay? Dad, are you okay?
COACH
What? I'm sorry I didn't hear you.
LULU
You've been quiet since morning.
COACH
I’m nervous; I think it's because of the match.
LULU
I am not nervous. Good luck daddy.
COACH
Thank you.
MR. BUKENYA
There you are. I just wanted to let you know that we'll be watching the match.
COACH
Good, I'm sure the team will be thrilled.
MR. JUMA
Aren't you supposed to be in the changing room with the rest of the team?
COACH
Well that’s how I work; I hope you don't have a problem with that?
MR. BUKENYA
Coach, you realize that we have to win this match?
JOHARI
Hey guys, listen people. We have a game to play. Whether one plays as a striker, midfield, or on the bench it doesn’t matter. We are all what?
TEAM
One team.
JOHARI
We've played one game so far and we have lost. Let's not make it a constant. Let's go out there and play as a team, work as a team. If anything happens on the field, let's fix it and move on. What do you think? Even as we go on the field, people should know that we, Imani, are the greatest.
TITLE
Halftime: Imani FC 0; Simba FC: 0.
COACH
Well done guys. No, I mean it. That was good, all right? But that was just the first half, and I can see most of you are dead on your feet.
PRIEST
No coach, I'm not.
COACH
Probably. But are you playing alone? So what does that mean?
JOHARI
We have to score.
COACH
Exactly. You must score! Now, these guys are unable to crack your defense, but I'm sure they have noticed you guys are exhausted. So what will they try to do?
KEZIA
Take advantage and beat us?
COACH
Yes, and we can't let that happen. I want you to dig deep into your reserves and play this game as if it's your last game. In this and every match you have to score. Ready?
TEAM
Yes coach!
COACH
Are you ready?
TEAM
Yes coach!
COACH
Are you ready?
TEAM
Yes coach!
COACH
So lets go there and --?
TEAM
Win!
COACH
Johari! Look here, if you are unable to make this team click, maybe I should -- Show me that you deserve the post.
JOHARI
Yes coach.
TITLE
Fulltime: Imani FC: 1; Simba FC 0.
JOHARI
Come in.
ABBAS
Do I come right in?
JOHARI
Come in.
ABBAS
I hear you wanted to see me?
JOHARI
Yes I did, please have a seat.
ABBAS
What's up?
JOHARI First, I really wanted to thank you for the support that you gave me. >> ABBAS
No problem. I have nothing against you being captain and I'll help you in any way I can.
JOHARI
Cool. Now here's what I was thinking: I want us to have a party.
ABBAS
Who is "us"?
JOHARI
The team of course.
ABBAS
When would you like us to have this party?
JOHARI
Tonight. I think its going to be good for team spirit and team bonding.
ABBAS
Wow. Well, I have nothing against a good party, but I don't want to cross coach, especially since we started off so badly.
JOHARI
Come on man. Relax. I'll go and talk to coach. If he agrees, you'll help me convince the rest of the team. I really wanted to thank you. I better go see the coach.
PRIEST
This one has to give me a high; there is no secret here.
ABBAS
Priest, why have you locked the door?
PRIEST
What’s up man, even I need privacy, sometimes, no?
ABBAS
What for?
PRIEST
If I tell you, then there is no reason why it did it, what do you think?
ABBAS
There is a possibility we might have a party.
PRIEST
Are you kidding?
ABBAS
For real. Johari has gone to speak to the coach.
COACH
Ah, Johari!
JOHARI
Yes coach?
COACH
I was coming to congratulate you for the way you handled the team.
JOHARI
Thank you.
COACH
And also to apologize to the team for not being there in the changing room when the match began.
JOHARI
That's okay.
COACH
I’m also glad the talk we had yesterday didn't affect you and the team.
JOHARI
Come on coach, how could it? We just came to understand each other better. Now I know where you’re coming from.
COACH
Thank you. Apologize to the team on my behalf.
JOHARI
I'll do that. Coach, can the team have a party tonight?
COACH
Why?
JOHARI
To celebrate.
COACH
Wait a minute; this is not a party club but a football team.
JOHARI
Just this once coach. Please?
COACH
And whom do you intend to invite to this party?
JOHARI
Some members of the team who have gone through the camp came to watch the match and they are here with us, so we would like to invite them.
COACH
All right, you can go ahead. On one condition: no messing around.
JOHARI
Thank you so much!
ABBAS
Can you organize some stuff for the party?
PRIEST
Abbas, what do you want?
ABBAS
Something soft, I don’t want anything hard.
PRIEST
Soft, not like ours, the hard ones.
ABBAS
No, not like the hard ones. Come in.
JOHARI
Hey guys, guess what?
PRIEST
Guess it.
JOHARI
The coach has agreed that we can have a party. How much does everyone contribute?
ABBAS
What about 1K each?
PRIEST
Stop being silly, not everyone is given that kind of money. A thousand shillings, what are you guys talking about?
JOHARI
Let's make it five hundred.
ABBAS
Five hundred? What kind of party do you organize with five hundred?
PRIEST
Money is money.
JOHARI
Just a simple party, Abbas. Snacks, nothing much.
ABBAS
Okay.
JOHARI
Fine. You go tell the guys and I'll go tell the girls.
PRIEST
Okay, cool.
ABBAS
So you will organize those things?
OLI
Come on, you can't just throw your sweaty and smelly kit in the room like that.
BEN
Hey, it's on my side of the room. So just mind your own business.
OLI
Come in.
ABBAS
Hey guys, what's that? Anyway, I need your help to fund raise. We're having a party tonight.
BEN
Great! How much?
ABBAS
Five hundred shillings only.
OLI
For me I guess I’ll have to stay behind and study and maybe I’ll join you guys late.
ABBAS
No problem, you can come at anytime you want.
OLI
Actually that is the problem. Do I still contribute the same amount as everybody else? The refreshments?
ABBAS
What about them?
OLI
How will they assure that everybody consumes the same amount they contributed, and not more or less?
BEN
Listen, if you don't want to contribute, you can stay here and study. It's not like anybody is going to miss you.
OLI
Whatever. Will I get a receipt?
ABBAS
Come on Oli. Grow up. See you later.
OLI
Hey man. We are living in the era of accountability and transparency.
BEN
Shut up!
PRIEST
I’m very fine. It is Priest here man! So what’s up? I would like to know if you could organize those things. We have a party going on. Yes, man. I want KK, weed, whisky, but not the hard stuff. Thank you man, no problem man, nice man, okay brother. Party time!
JOHARI
Come in! I’m fine, what’s up?
ABBAS
The guys have raised the funds. The party is on.
JOHARI
That’s good news. One more thing: Tina is not coming. She cannot afford to pay. Hello? Did you hear me?
ABBAS
Don’t worry about Tina. I'll pay for her.
JOHARI
Why? She's your date?
ABBAS
No, it isn't like that. She has to be at the party as one of the team members.
JOHARI
I guess you're right.
ABBAS
So you will tell her?
JOHARI
Yes I will.
ABBAS
Let me go and get ready. Wear the maroon miniskirt. You look hot in it.
MR. BUKENYA
The game was excellent today.
COACH
True, I loved it.
MR. BUKENYA
That girl, what’s her name?
COACH
Kezia?
MR. BUKENYA
Yes, Kezia. She was brilliant today. For a woman, I would have thought she was one of the boys. Anyway, to a deserved win!
COACH
Cheers.
MR. BUKENYA
It’s a pity that the press did not come as I expected.
COACH
Mr. Bukenya, that was just a friendly match.
MR. BUKENYA
My friend, every page and every space on that television counts.
COACH
True. That would be exposing ourselves too much to the advantage of our opponents.
BETH
That is true, Mr. Bukenya. Let us wait for the right time. The team is still too young for all that glare of publicity.
COACH
I know what this team means to you.
MR. BUKENYA
Excuse me.
COACH
Now, were you honest when you sided with me or where you doing that because he was here?
BETH
Honestly. I think you’re right. But to an extent I agree with him.
COACH
So you think the team needs such publicity at such a tender age?
BETH
It's harmless you know.
COACH
So you are not sincere.
WATCHMAN
Are you back?
PRIEST
Yes, we are back to the system.
WATCHMAN
Just wait a minute, what is this you are carrying? These ones, where are you taking these things?
PRIEST
These things belong to the coach, man.
WATCHMAN
They belong to who?
PRIEST
These things belong to the coach, man.
WATCHMAN
How will I know they belong to the coach?
PRIEST
Here is the letter, man.
WATCHMAN
You have a letter?
PRIEST
These things belong to the coach, watchman. All these years we still don’t understand each other. These belong to the coach.
WATCHMAN
It’s for the coach, yes? Priest, you said these belong to the coach. If it is so, then you can take them to him.
KEZIA
Excellent, now is the time for a makeover.
JOHARI
Tina, someone has paid for you, so you can attend the party.
TINA
Who has paid for me?
JOHARI
Don’t worry.
TINA
You wont leave me?
JOHARI
Who are you scared of? You know everybody.
TINA
It's not like that. I want you to promise you won't leave me.
JOHARI
Okay then, if you come, I will be with you.
KEZIA
Excellent. Now Tina, it is time for us to dress ourselves up. Let me show you how.
TINA
But I look fine.
JOHARI
Kezia is right. Come, we can dress you up.
KEZIA
You know this is the only chance we have, let me show you. Oh God, you will see. I want to give you a makeover and then I will lend you a really hot dress. Sit here, sit properly and stop licking the makeup off.
TINA
But you know I am not used to these things. But it will be nice.
KEZIA
Sit tight.
TINA
Will I look as nice as you?
KEZIA
God, is that a question or an answer? Can't you see how good I look?
TINA
Yes, you look good.
COACH
By the way, for how long have you two known each other?
BETH
Is that really important?
COACH
I just want to know the person I am working with.
BETH
My name is Beth, and that is good enough.
COACH
Thanks for the lovely dinner sir, but I have to leave. Goodnight.
MR. BUKENYA
I thought you were also staying a bit longer?
BETH
Next time dear, I need to sort out some issues. Sleep tight.
BEN
Wow! You're looking hot!
TINA
Thanks.
BEN
So, can I have this dance?
TINA
No, leave me alone.
BEN
Just once.
TINA
No, leave me alone.
BEN
Just once.
JOHARI
Ben! Can't you take no for an answer?
BEN
What's wrong with you? What is she to you?
TINA
Thank you Johari.
JOHARI
Don’t worry. I want you to have fun, okay? What drink will you have?
TINA
Whatever you have.
JOHARI
Okay, then come. Abbas, you guys are drinking alcohol?
ABBAS
Come on, Johari. Relax. Why are you being so uptight?
JOHARI
Just taste this.
ABBAS
These are just juice and snacks. What’s the big deal?
JOHARI
I don’t want problems with the coach.
ABBAS
Don’t worry about coach. You just relax. Look, look how guys are having a good time. I think we need some proper food now. Can you please take me to get some? Please? You have to trust me. Don’t worry. You are the boss now.
PRIEST
Wow Kezia, you're looking hot.
KEZIA
You're also looking hot.
PRIEST
Now Kezia, let me ask, what time did you come here and the way the party is great.
KEZIA
And let me ask you, why does your mother come to see you all the time?
PRIEST
Mother? Stop asking so many questions and enjoy yourself. Now what, you came out here alone. Hey, why don’t you try weed today, just for today, come on.
KEZIA
Priest, that won't knock me out?
PRIEST
Nothing like that, this thing? Just try.
KEZIA
Just this once.
PRIEST
If you say it's only this once you are going to get used to it, you will be looking for me.
KEZIA
Oh go away.
PRIEST
It's not a lie.
JOHARI
There’s Tina, there’s Kezia, Ben. Abbas, you know the rules.
ABBAS
Come on, nobody saw us come in. And we have the room to ourselves.
JOHARI
Abbas, I don’t want to get into trouble. I want to concentrate on my football.
ABBAS
So do I.
COACH
Well, I’m sorry if I sounded a bit intrusive. I hope you understand.
BETH
I understand, there is so much pressure you are under.
COACH
True, true. I mean we have an enormous task to carry out and I just wanted to know whether we are together in this.
BETH
Trust me, we are a team.
COACH & BETH
I was thinking -- Sorry, you first.
BEN
Would you like to dance?
TINA
No, I don’t want to dance.
BEN
Let’s dance. Don’t be like that.
TINA
Leave me alone.
BEN
Just for a short time.
KEZIA
What’s wrong Tina?
TINA
It’s this boy who is annoying.
BEN
Man, this is a party. What’s wrong? This is a party.
PRIEST
Ben, do you know that you are drunk?
BEN
So what if I am drunk?
PRIEST
Stop disturbing this girl.
BEN
Do you know that you are proud?
PRIEST
Don’t spoil the party.
BEN
Why do you feel so proud? You are the people who are sellouts, yet you are feeling proud for us?
PRIEST
We are in front men; we are in front.
BEN
Go away, where in front?
PRIEST
Let me tell you Ben, do you know why you are jealous? You man, are like a pig.
COACH
What is going on?