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Video: Bill Hamid Handpicked For U.S. National Soccer Team

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Bill Hamid has been picked by coach Jurgen Klinsman as backup goalie for the U.S. Men's National Soccer Team’s upcoming international matches. The son of Sierra Leonean immigrants, Hamid became the youngest keeper in MLS history with his D.C. United debut at the age of 19. He was named in the 22-man roster that recently tied Mexico 1-1, and is looking to earn his first U.S. cap in upcoming games against Costa Rica (this Friday!) and Belgium (Sept. 6).

Hamid’s selection is the latest in an ongoing trend of African players featuring in the American national team, following the likes of Ghanaian-born Freddy Adu and Nigerian rooted Maurice Edu and Oguchi Onyewu (side note: wonder what those two would have to say about F.O.K.N. Bois’ latest joint). Check out an interview clip with the youngster goalie above, filmed at the D.C. United training grounds by Wheat City.

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#EndSARS: Security Forces Open Deadly Fire on Protesting Nigerians

Nigerian security forces have reportedly opened fire on protesters at Lekki Toll Gate amid continued demonstrations against police brutality. This comes after the Nigerian government recently enforced an abrupt curfew in Lagos.

It has been reported that security forces in Nigeria have opened fire on protestors at Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos. Several reports from various media outlets have confirmed this incident after numerous images and videos emerged on social media. The footage reveals protesters running away from security forces as they fire live rounds into the crowds while others have been shown to be injured. No fatalities have as yet been officially confirmed by mainstream media. Protesters have continued mass demonstrations against the infamous Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) which has been now been "rebranded" by the Nigerian government to a new unit termed the Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT).

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