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The Team - Episode 9: Meetings
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A last-minute scheduling change means that Imani FC is suddenly thrown into action against Shalom FC in a rough neighborhood of the city. But a series of ominous encounters could mean that they won't make it back in one piece.
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Segment 1

COACH
There you are baby. Look, I brought you your favorite breakfast. So how was your night? Did you sleep well? Baby, you’re not talking to me. What are your plans for today? You're kind of quiet this morning.
LULU
Dad, what's going on?
COACH
What do you mean?
LULU
I'm not a child. I can tell when something is not right.
COACH
What are you talking about?
LULU
Why did the players strike?
COACH
It had something to do with their allowances.
LULU
Why did granny leave so suddenly?
COACH
She had to go back to the farm. I guess I better tell you the truth. We disagreed about Johari.
LULU
What about?
COACH
Well, she doesn’t want Johari to spend time with you.
LULU
Why doesn't granny want Johari to look after me?
COACH
It's because -- well baby, I don't know how to explain this to you.
LULU
Johari is my friend, and I don't care what you and granny think.
BETH
They are really catching up very fast.
COACH
Yes, especially Oli. He’s doing fine.
BETH
Even Tina, she’s really trying.
COACH
Hello sir.
MR. BUKENYA
Coach.
COACH
Yes Mr. Bukenya?
MR. BUKENYA
How's it going?
COACH
It's going well.
MR. BUKENYA
Good to hear that. Have you heard of the Peace Tournament?
COACH
Yes. I heard about it on the radio.
MR. BUKENYA
Good. I want us to enter a team.
COACH
What? But we're not yet ready sir.
MR. BUKENYA
This is a training camp. People will accept the game in the spirit it is intended.
COACH
No, but sir, I think the team spirit and morale are very, very low.
MR. BUKENYA
In that case the tournament might be just what we need to remedy that.
COACH
Mr. Bukenya, there is too much media attention for my comfort. And considering what has been happening of late --
MR. BUKENYA
This team needs the right type of publicity. This will also show that the team still exists and all is working smoothly.
COACH
All right.
MR. BUKENYA
Fine. But you know what I expect. Good man.
COACH
That was Mr. Bukenya; he’s entered us in the Peace Tournament. Let’s get the stuff ready.
BETH
Sure.
KEZIA
What will I do about my brother?
TINA
Don’t worry. What did the nurse tell you?
KEZIA
She said that was not enough.
TINA
I wish I could help you.
KEZIA
I understand.
TINA
You do understand that I can't. Don't worry, he will get well.
JOHARI
What’s up ladies?
KEZIA
We are fine.
JOHARI
We have a game in the next 15 minutes.
TINA
Where?
JOHARI
Ghetto.
TINA
Cool.
JOHARI
You won’t make it Tina.
TINA
But I have to try.
JOHARI
Kezia, coach has said you won’t be playing.
KEZIA
Why?
JOHARI
He thinks you have issues to resolve.
KEZIA
But I can handle it.
JOHARI
He thinks otherwise.
KEZIA
What about you? I will be playing.
BEN
What's with you?
OLI
Leave me alone.
BEN
What happened to mister neat and tidy?
OLI
Do you have a problem with me?
BEN
Just wondering.
OLI
Come in.
JOHARI
Hey guys, we have a match. Transport leaves in the next five minutes.
OLI
Yes!
BEN
This was supposed to be a rest day!
TINA
What's up mama?
CHILD 1
Who is it?
TINA
It's me, Tina. Hey, what’s up? How is it going?
CHILD 1
We are fine.
TINA
I have missed you guys. I just had to come and see you today. Everything okay?
CHILD 1
Yes, is there a problem?
TINA
No.
CHILD 2
Have you come to stay?
CHILD 3
What have you brought for me?
TINA
No, there is no problem. I am here because we have a game at the city council’s field. I have brought you something nice.
COACH
Priest, where you going?
PRIEST
Toilets, coach.
COACH
Then hurry.
CHILD 1
Wow, that’s a lot of money.
TINA
You don’t want to be heard out there. You know we have three month’s rent that we haven’t paid. Lawrence, I want you to use this money to pay the rent; and the remainder, you should buy what you need, okay? Please put the money away in a safe place, you know what kind of people live in this area. I have to go now.
CHILD 3
Where did you get the money?
TINA
I was paid. I have to go right now because of the game.
MAN 1
Hey Priest?
PRIEST
Who wants to know?
MAN 2
Us.
MAN 1
We hear this time around you are pretending to be a footballer.
PRIEST
Is there a problem with playing ball?
MAN 2
You can stop playing football if you have a broken leg.
MAN 1
Or should we try with this fool?
MAN 2
We have a message for you.
PRIEST
What message?
MAN 1
You know once you are in, you can’t escape, you cant get out.
PRIEST
Get the hell out of here; I am not ready here.
MAN 2
There is no one who is ready for that game.
PRIEST
Stop being fools men, I am not ready to play your game. What's wrong with you? First of all, you drop that knife. Drop the knife. You fools, drop it. I also have a message. Tell the guy who sent you that Priest is out. I am out, you hear me?
MAN 1
You are making a mistake.
PRIEST
Who, me? Let me tell you boy, I also made a mistake associating with fools like you. Get the hell out of here!
CHILDREN
Don’t go.
TINA
I have to go, keep well.
CHILD 1
Can we come watch the game?
TINA
No, you have to first do the shopping, okay? Bye.
JOHARI
Coach, we have a problem.
COACH
What is it?
JOHARI
Tina is missing and Priest hasn’t come back yet.
COACH
What do you think about Tina?
BETH
I think you should let Kezia play.
COACH
All right. Tell Kezia to change. She's on.
COACH
Hey, what took you so long?
PRIEST
Coach --
COACH
Join the team.
JOHARI
Abbas, move there, open up. Kezia, move inside. Let's go.
TINA
Coach. Sorry coach.
COACH
Where were you?
TINA
I had gone home to see my family.
COACH
Who did you tell?
TINA
No one.
COACH
Who did you tell?
BETH
May I? Tina, we will discuss this later. Join the team.
TINA
Okay.
COACH
You call yourselves footballers? That was the biggest load of rubbish I've ever seen. Apart from Oli, Abbas and Johari, the rest of you might as well have stayed at camp. Priest, you're either on the pitch or you’re not. What are you looking for in the spectators? Kezia, as much as I understand your problem, if you don’t focus and concentrate on the game then we have a bigger problem. Ben, as good a player as you are, you are lazy! Where is your dedication to the team? This is my last warning. I expect 110 percent effort from you. Do you understand?
BEN
Yes coach.
COACH
I wont repeat again. Johari, do you have anything to say?
JOHARI
Guys, we've come a long way, and I just want you to know that nobody ever remembers number two. So let go out there and be number one. And if we can’t be number one, provided we’ve done our best. So let's go out there and do our what!
TEAM
Best!
TINA
Animal!
POLICEMAN
What’s your problem girl?
TINA
Animal! Animal!
KEZIA
Tina, what’s wrong?
TINA
It’s him! It’s him.
POLICEWOMAN
What's the problem madam?
BETH
I think she just came face to face with her tormentor.
POLICEWOMAN
What exactly do you mean, tormentor?
BETH
The policeman that you are with today.
POLICEWOMAN
Really? When did this happen?
BETH
A while ago.
POLICEWOMAN
Excuse me. Command come in, command come in. I think we have a situation here.
ABBAS
Wait a minute. What’s going on? Let go of her.
MAN 1
So you've come to rescue your girlfriend?
ABBAS
She's not my girlfriend. Are you ok?
GIRL
You shouldn't have done that.
ABBAS
You're welcome.
GIRL
Thank you. But I still think you shouldn't have done that.
ABBAS
I was just trying to be a gentleman.
MAN 2
You are the guys who are always messing with our girls.
JOHARI
Abbas, what's going on?
JACOB "GHOST" MULEE
Guys, cool it down. I think we were having a very nice game. Everything was good. Why should we lose focus? We have one aim here: football is supposed to bring people together. We are supposed to play as brothers and sisters. There is a future, there is tomorrow. We have lived together for so long, as brothers and sisters from different tribes. Why now? The future is good when you are disciplined, but like this; forget it, guys, okay? Let's not lose our focus. Is that okay guys? You promise it? Okay? Shalom? Imani? Let's shake hands guys. Let's shake hands.
KEZIA
Hi.
RECEPTIONIST
Hi.
KEZIA
How have you been?
RECEPTIONIST
I’ve been okay.
KEZIA
This is part of Rodez's bill.
RECEPTIONIST
There's no need. You're brother's bill has been cleared and a further deposit placed to cover him for the next two weeks.
KEZIA
By who?
RECEPTIONIST
The payer wishes to remain anonymous.
KEZIA
Just tell me.
RECEPTIONIST
Only that the bills have been cleared.
KEZIA
Just tell me.
RECEPTIONIST
The bills have been cleared.
KEZIA
Thanks.