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* IsTheAnswerToThisQuestionYes: Jimmy asks Saleh is Halawi can play basketball. Halawi answers, "Does a zebra have stripes?"

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* IsTheAnswerToThisQuestionYes: Jimmy asks Saleh is if Halawi can play basketball. Halawi answers, "Does a zebra have stripes?"


College basketball assistant coach Jimmy Dolan (Creator/KevinBacon) is looking for a new star for his team. Watching a video of the inhabitants of Winabi, a small Kenyan village, he is impressed by the skills of Saleh (Charles Gitonga Maina). Jimmy travels to Winabi to recruit Saleh, but there's a problem: Saleh is the only son of Urudu (Winston Ntshona), the chief of the village, making him next in line for leadership. And the Winabi can't afford to lose him, because corrupt businessman Nyaga (Mabuthu "Kid" Sithole) wants the copper deposits in the Winabi's land, and has been stealing cattle in an attempt to drive them out of their village.

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College basketball assistant coach Jimmy Dolan (Creator/KevinBacon) is looking for a new star for his team. Watching a video of the inhabitants of Winabi, a small Kenyan village, he is impressed by the skills of Saleh Wintambuh (Charles Gitonga Maina). Jimmy travels to Winabi to recruit Saleh, but there's a problem: Saleh is the only son of Urudu (Winston Ntshona), the chief of the village, making him next in line for leadership. And the Winabi can't afford to lose him, because corrupt businessman Nyaga (Mabuthu "Kid" Sithole) wants the copper deposits in the Winabi's land, and has been stealing cattle in an attempt to drive them out of their village.

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* TitleDrop: Jimmy's instructions for the initiation ritual are "Follow the river to a wall of wood, face the sunrise and look to the air up there."

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* TeamHandStack: The Winabi players stack their hands, then pump their fists in the air and yell, "Naftalanja!"

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* IsTheAnswerToThisQuestionYes: Jimmy asks Saleh is Halawi can play basketball. Halawi answers, "Does a zebra have stripes?"

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* DownToTheLastPlay: [[spoiler:The score is 45 to 46. Saleh scores the winning shot seconds before time runs out.]]

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* ItsAllJunk: [[spoiler:Jimmy throws his championship ring off the mountain.]]

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* {{Dedication}}: "This is for Jake," presumably referring to Paul Michael Glaser's son.


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* SpecialThanks: "Deep gratitude to the wonderful Samburu extras from Maralal, Kenya for their kindness, enthusiasm and hard work."

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* AgitatedItemStomping: Nyaga throws his baseball cap down and stomps on it when he's displeased with how the basketball game is going.


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* GroinAttack: One of the Pistons touches Beisa's breast. She retaliates by throwing the basketball at his crotch.

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* ClimbSlipHangClimb: Happens to Jimmy twice while climbing a mountain as part of his initiation. First his foot slips on a rock, and he hangs on by his fingertips until he manages to get his footing again. Later he grabs onto a sapling, which tears loose, sending him plummeting a good ten feet until he manages to grab on again.


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* InitiationCeremony: The Winabi initiation has two parts. The first involves climbing a mountain. The second is a proper ceremony in which the character has a scar cut into his lower stomach with a knife.


* TheBet: Nyaga agrees to a basketball game between the Mingori Pistons and the Winabi team. The Winabi bet al their land against the cattle stolen by Nyaga, as well as an agreement in front of the army commander that he will leave them alone forever.

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* TheBet: Nyaga agrees to a basketball game between the Mingori Pistons and the Winabi team. The Winabi bet al all their land against the cattle stolen by Nyaga, as well as an agreement in front of the army commander that he will leave them alone forever.

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* CareerEndingInjury: Jimmy was a college basketball star until he blew out his knee. Now he has to wear a leg brace. He still wears his championship ring from 1981 everywhere.

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* TheBet: Nyaga agrees to a basketball game between the Mingori Pistons and the Winabi team. The Winabi bet al their land against the cattle stolen by Nyaga, as well as an agreement in front of the army commander that he will leave them alone forever.


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* ShootTheTelevision: Urudu gets partial revenge for the raid on Winabi by shooting Nyaga's thirty-two-inch TV set with remote.

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* TyrannicalTownTycoon: Nyaga all but owns the small town of Mingori, and freely steals from the inhabitants.


College basketball coach Jimmy Dolan (Creator/KevinBacon) is looking for a new star for his team. Watching a video of the inhabitants of Winabi, a small Kenyan village, he is impressed by the skills of Saleh (Charles Gitonga Maina). Jimmy travels to Winabi to recruit Saleh, but there's a problem: Saleh is the only son of Urudu (Winston Ntshona), the chief of the village, making him next in line for leadership. And the Winabi can't afford to lose him, because corrupt businessman Nyaga (Mabuthu "Kid" Sithole) wants the copper deposits in the Winabi's land, and has been stealing cattle in an attempt to drive them out of their village.

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College basketball assistant coach Jimmy Dolan (Creator/KevinBacon) is looking for a new star for his team. Watching a video of the inhabitants of Winabi, a small Kenyan village, he is impressed by the skills of Saleh (Charles Gitonga Maina). Jimmy travels to Winabi to recruit Saleh, but there's a problem: Saleh is the only son of Urudu (Winston Ntshona), the chief of the village, making him next in line for leadership. And the Winabi can't afford to lose him, because corrupt businessman Nyaga (Mabuthu "Kid" Sithole) wants the copper deposits in the Winabi's land, and has been stealing cattle in an attempt to drive them out of their village.

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