It sinks in for Tina that her “day in court” was pyrrhic because the fact remains that the rapist is still free to rape again. However, we see the difference in her relationships with her teammates. Whereas early in the season, she was closed, her relationship with her roommate Kezia (of another tribe), was hostile, after playing together, Tina can open up. For her part, Kezia has seen Tina's unqualified support for her when Rodez was injured.
We see the players come together for the final, exciting match. Because of Priest’s untimely death, they’re short a player. At the last possible second, Abbas returns to the playing field and in spite of his transgressions, Bukenya cares more about him helping to win than anything else. Though Imani FC comes together and plays very well, they lose. Ironically, even Bukenya can see how far the team has progressed.
Though Imani FC is disheartened by the outcome, they win the ‘sportsmanship’ award from the league. The coaches are thrilled by their play and at the final party following the match, Bukenya invites them all back for another season to try again.
ABOUT THE TEAM
The Team is a dramatic TV series which was created in response to the devastating violence in Kenya following the 2007 general elections. The series dramatizes how the newly recruited members of the co-ed 'Imani' soccer/football club learn to overcome their tribal, ethnic, social and economic differences. The Team was created by Search for Common Ground and Media Focus on Africa Foundation in Kenya.
This series is a metaphor of Kenyan society. Imani FC ('faith' in Swahili) members and the Coach have been brought together from many of Kenya's tribal groups to play together on a co-ed league. The league has been formed and financed by a group of wealthy international philanthropists and businessmen who believe sport will be a way to neutralize the ethnic hatred that shook Kenya after the last elections.
The characters are from broken families, even as Kenya is a broken country. In that way, the team becomes a surrogate family for our players. They each want a 'family' but no one knows how to reach out and get it. Each of the players, and the Coach, struggles to overcome ethnic hatred that sparked violent confrontations after the elections. The purpose of the series is to show that it is possible for people to overcome their differences and that co-existence is possible.