Bukenya insists that the players participate in a promotional ‘peace tournament’ in one of the slums. Many other unintended consequences arise that challenge the players and their ability to keep the peace. Tina recognizes a cop on the sidelines as the man who raped her. She goes off and has to be pulled off of the man. Beth and a woman cop are sympathetic and promise to help Tina deal with this trauma. In an attempt to help a woman onlooker who is being harassed by her boyfriend, Abbas inadvertently starts a fight. In a cameo appearance, Ghost Mulee, the former coach of the Kenya national team, interrupts the dispute and insists that the players put aside their differences and shake hands. The episode points out the difficulties of the average person when doing their best to keep the peace and asks the question, "When and how is it appropriate to interfere in disputes between strangers?”
Because the coach refuses to cave in to his mother’s unrelenting attitude toward Johari as the ‘other’ his mother abruptly goes back to her farm confused by her son’s strange behavior.
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.