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The Team - Episode 8: Unfriendly
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The Team - Episode 8: Unfriendly
The team decides to go on strike after realizing that someone has been stealing their pay, and assume that their coaches are in on the scam. Coach has to get to the bottom of the situation before the strike descends into chaos.
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Segment 1

BEN
All those in favor, raise your hands. Good. Now we can discuss the details, like what kind of action, and for how long it should last.
JOHARI
Guys, I think we should have a discussion with coach.
BEN
We can't discuss the obvious. It should last as long as our demands have not been met.
TEAM
Yes.
JOHARI
Guys, look, I just think this can be sorted out without resorting to a strike!
OLI
What if we tried a hunger strike? It worked very well for Mahatma Gandhi.
PRIEST
Mahatma Gandhi is history. I have to eat, man.
BEN
I support Priest. I am not giving up my meals for anything.
OLI
Okay, okay, guys, it was only an idea. But anyway, how do you guys plan to achieve anything if you are not ready to sacrifice?
PRIEST
Let’s just refuse to train. This thing is not about miracles; it’s defiance.
OLI
No, no, no. Priest, we just can't refuse to practice like that. See, they may well call in other players, and then we find ourselves out of the camp!
KEZIA
In fact, you’re right, Oli, but we need to put these guys in a fix. At least they need to know what we want.
BEN
Coach. Coach is coming.
BETH
Guys, guys, come back here. Hurry up. Now I want you to split into two groups for one touch pass. So in a circle, one player is in the center. So get moving. I thought I was clear, in a circle with a player in the center.
SIGN
Our right
SIGN
No pay / No play
SIGN
Don't play with our rights
BETH
Okay, please, please! Can I have a minute to explain myself?
PRIEST
First give us our money, and then we’ll give you your minute.
TEAM
Yes.
KEZIA
Give us our money then we’ll give you your minute!
TEAM
Give us our money then we’ll give you your minute!
BEN
That is great you guys. She should stop being bossy. Guys, chill out guys. I'll tell you something.
OLI
It's just the same old story, man. We are nothing but a ladder to their riches.
SONG
It's usual business to them.
ABBAS
We can't accept that.
BEN
We should have known all along. But some of us can't see past the deception.
OLI
Dangle a carrot, and the hungry will come flocking.
BEN
And drop a title here and there, and the stage is set.
JOHARI
Ben, that's out of line.
BEN
Hey, sorry sis, but that is the situation we are in. All of us.
JOHARI
You have become a smart ass.
OLI
It’s not being a smart ass, that’s the situation.
BETH
Yes coach, we have a situation. I’m coming from the pitch, and the players refused to play.
COACH
Well, I saw it coming. Now try and calm the situation down for me. I will be there in thirty minutes, all right?
BETH
Coach, there is nothing much you can do.
COACH
No, Beth. We have to get to the bottom of this.
BETH
You know very well that the accountant is Mr. Bukenya's cousin!
COACH
No, in fact, I know what to do. I’ve already talked to Mr. Bukenya and informed him about the anomalies in the accounts. But don't confront the accountant until I get there, all right?
BETH
Okay, I’ll wait for you in the office. See you soon. Thank you.
COACH
Good.
PRIEST
You guys, where's the coach? Where’s coach? I smell something fishy here.
BEN
I haven't seen him the whole morning.
JOHARI
I know. It looks bad. But before we jump to any conclusions, let's give them a chance to explain themselves to us.
OLI
But Johari, what if coach is part of the scam?
TINA
Yes, what if he's the leader?
JOHARI
But he can't --
OLI
No buts, Johari. I don't see why you're defending coach.
PRIEST
Now, now see guys. We go back on our plan and such things will continue to happen. Why should someone steal from our sweat? Why?
OLI
Exactly. And again, given the prevailing circumstances, the strike is perfectly in order. These are our rights, our human rights!
JOHARI
Guys --
BEN
Stop with the attitude. What’s wrong with you? Relax.
OLI
Don't you know the meaning of man? We have to fight for our own rights. If you don’t know your rights, that’s your problem.
PREIST
Enough of your words. Relax. We are not listening to you this time around.
COACH
Hello, sir. Well I am sure you wouldn't want the media to get wind of this. And in fact, the accountant has been invoking your name.
BUKENYA
I'm listening.
COACH
Well, with so much at stake, boss, we have to do something.
BUKENYA
Where are you right now?
COACH
Well I’m almost finished with the meeting; I could cut it and head back.
BUKENYA
Please get there immediately and just try and calm them down right now. Please go and do that.
COACH
All right. I’ll do all I can.
BUKENYA
Yes, officer. I’ll brief you in the next ten minutes. Right.
TEAM
No pay, no play!
ACCOUNTANT
Yes, what can I do for you?
COACH
I need a very clear explanation.
TOM [Accountant]
Since when did I start reporting to you guys?
BETH
Tom, we have a situation. The players are on strike!
TOM
I don’t deal with the team. I have nothing to do with labor issues.
COACH
Look here. Let’s not waste each other’s time. What’s going on?
TOM
Look here, coach. I don't know what you're -- what is the big fuss about?
COACH
I have spoken to Mr. Bukenya and he’s very upset.
TOM
Look, if it's about that issue of the money, these are children. Just talk to them. It is no big deal.
COACH
Get out there, and tell them that you stole their money, and that it's no big deal!
TOM
Hey, watch your mouth. I can be very nasty if I want.
COACH
The law can also be very, very nasty.
TEAM
No pay, no play!
COACH
That's what I need.
SIGN
Our right
JOHARI
Guys, guys, listen. Listen, let's calm down, eh? We don’t want to do anything rash -- we don't have the facts yet, and we don’t know the truth!
BEN
Leave it alone, Johari, you can’t be this naive! Who else can take the money?
JOHARI
Ben, that’s not the point.
BEN
The point is --
TEAM
No pay, no play!
WORKER 1
It's true?
WORKER 2
Yes, they are cutting our paycheck.
WORKER 1
And they are not giving us a reason.
WORKERS
Tell us today! Tell us today!
COACH
Get out there and be nasty to them. Be nasty to them, and see if you can pacify them. Come on, get up. Get up! Let's go!
JOHARI
Preist, are you crazy?
PRIEST
Stop being foolish, man. People haven’t been paid! If these guys don't respect us, then we should not respect them!
COOK
Yes, even we have questions for him. Let him come out here.
COACH
Shh. All right, listen up.
PRIEST
Coach, man, there is no being patient here, this man has to come out. First coach, you can’t handle this incident, it is over you by nine feet.
COACH
Priest, are you forgetting what brought you here? Are you forgetting about the deal?
PRIEST
Coach, man, I know the deal. But coach, there are other things you can’t just swallow. One moment the accountant says coach knew --
TEAM
Oh!
PRIEST
Accounts clerk knew --
TEAM
Oh!
PRIEST
No! Give us our money, man. Pay us or we pay you!
COACH
Shh! Can you listen? Team, I don't have time for your silly games! Look here! Listen! Now can you get rid of these placards and get back to what brought you here?
ABBAS
No pay, no play!
COACH
Shh, shh, listen. This is all well and good: the solidarity, sticking together. But may I remind you that with the exception of Ben and Johari, the rest of you came here alone.
JACKIE
Irrelevant, irrelevant, we are still being paid equally.
TEAM
No pay, no play!
COACH
Tina, now you listen. Tina, do you want to jeopardize your only chance to kick-start your football career?
TINA
Coach, I can’t afford to have my money stolen every week.
TEAM
Tell him!
COACH
Abbas!
ABBAS
What?
COACH
What would your father say if he heard of your participation in this?
ABBAS
I don't care what my father would say. For me, I got to do what I got to do.
COACH
All right, team. You have made your point, and I have acted on it.
TEAM
How? How?
COACH
Whoever is responsible for this will have to pay for it.
TEAM
That one is the thief! Bring our money, you thief!
POLICE OFFICER
Calm down, people. Calm down. Your coach here called me, and we are going to solve this issue, if only you'd remain calm and give us a chance.
OLI
Coach, don’t take a bribe!
COACH'S MOTHER
Lulu, come and eat.
LULU
I’m not eating until I see Johari.
COACH'S MOTHER
What?
LULU
I’m not eating until --
COACH'S MOTHER
Lulu, I've heard you.
LULU
Then why are still asking me what I have said?
COACH'S MOTHER
See, since you have started associating yourself with Johari, you have become a bad girl. Lulu, I am still talking!
LULU
Keep talking.
COACH'S MOTHER
Lulu, come back here! Lulu! It’s good you are here.
COACH
Why, what is going on?
COACH'S MOTHER
Lulu has been disturbing me the whole afternoon. She says she cannot eat until she sees Johari. This Johari has spoiled Lulu. I told you about this girl Johari. Ever since Lulu started being her friend, she has become a bad girl. Even you, putting Johari as the captain, I fear for the other players, they will also be spoiled.
COACH
Ma, I know that girl. She is respectful and she has a good heart. I am even happy that Lulu likes her. It doesn’t matter which part of the country one comes from. Ma, we can’t continue like this.
COACH'S MOTHER
How do you mean?
COACH
Fighting every day.
COACH'S MOTHER
Okay fine, I will stop fighting with you.
COACH
It's not that simple. Mom, when you live with people from other parts of the country, you will come to see that they are not bad people.
COACH’S MOTHER
Give me another one -- where is Lulu’s mom? Have you forgotten what happened? The only thing we have left is her picture to look at.
COACH
Mom, what I think is we should not cause a rift between Lulu and her friends.
COACH'S MOTHER
What do you want us to do?
COACH
Leave Lulu to be free to choose whomever she likes.
COACH’S MOTHER
Okay, I don’t have anything to say. Let me go rest.
COACH
Beth, can I have a word with Johari?
JOHARI
Yes, coach?
COACH
Johari, I wanted to tell you something. You know I’ve been cool towards you, although you come from the same tribe as the people who killed my wife, and you remind me a lot about her.
JOHARI
I don't know what to say, coach. You know I would never try to --
COACH
I know. I do understand, Johari. But you know, sometimes matters of the heart make you act irrational.
JOHARI
I'm flattered coach. You're a very nice man. But you know I wouldn’t like to be entangled in relationships that will lead into --
COACH
Johari, you misunderstood me.
JOHARI
Oh good! For a moment there I thought --
COACH
I was talking about my wife. You know, the people who killed her happened to be from your region. And my mother came visiting the other day, and she kind of brought to the surface all those irrational feelings that I thought were dead and buried.
JOHARI
And how is that?
COACH
Well, you know, according to her, she thinks that you represent and remind us of the tragedy we went through. We argue a lot about it. But I am glad your only crime is that you happen to come from that region, and you also happened to come my way during an argument with my mom. But I’m happy all that is over now.
JOHARI
I'm glad it's over, too.
COACH
You're good to the team, Johari. And I hope you’ll use your influence to rally them to win.
JOHARI
Yes, coach. And thanks for the vote of confidence.
COACH
You're welcome.
COACH’S MOTHER
What time is my bus?
COACH
The bus is at 9 p.m.
COACH’S MOTHER
We still have time?
COACH
Yes, we do have time. Ma?
COACH’S MOTHER
Eh?
COACH
Maybe you should change your attitude towards Johari.
COACH’S MOTHER
I don’t have anything against Johari. All I want to know is the truth of the matter.
ABBAS
And you were telling me what about Priest?
MAMU
Okay, that is enough about Priest, what about you?
ABBAS
Ah, Priest, there you are. Your mom was telling me some stuff about you. So you have such a cool mom!
PRIEST
Yes, the coolest, actually. Abbas, please give me a chance to talk with my Mom a bit?
ABBAS
It was a pleasure meeting you.
MAMU
Thank you.
PRIEST
Mamu, what if coach comes and finds you here. What will you say?
MAMU
Ask him to join the party.
PRIEST
Mamu, I want out.
MAMU
You can't have out. You know, maybe all you need is a rest.
PRIEST
No, Mamu. This won't change my mind. I want out.
MAMU
There’s no option. You know our code.
PRIEST
Yeah, but --
MAMU
No buts!
PRIEST
But we were supposed to --
MAMU
No buts. You promised football was not going to interfere!
PRIEST
Mamu, it's not just the football team, there is also my family there. I want to be in their good books.
MAMU
You can still be in the business and be in their good books.
PRIEST
Yeah, but I’m starting to lose my mind. I want out. I want out.
MAMU
You will regret this, Priest.