The dream has finally turned into a reality for Jamaican Usain Bolt, as he has made his football debut on Friday, playing for Central Coast Marines in A-league. Despite he failed to score a goal on his debut match, his side won 6-1 in the practice match.
Usain Bolt is a retired Jamaican sprinter.
Bolt is a retired Jamaican sprinter and a world record holder in the 100 metres, 200 metres and 4 × 100 metres relay. His reign as an Olympic Games champion spanned across three Summer Games.
Even before his retirement, he revealed his dream to play football at highest level. And finally, he has made it in the end.
A crowd of 9,958 came to saw the much anticipating debut of Bolt. However, he played only 20 minutes against a Central Coast football select side in Gosford. Moreover, he played as a left wing.
Bolt revealed he was nervous than ever after he stepped onto the field, but soon the nervousness eased away.
“I was a little bit nervous, but as soon as I got on the field, I think the nerves went away. I wish I had more touches, but I’m not fit yet, but I’ve just got to put in the work and get up to speed.”
Soon as the match progressed, the retired sprinter moved more into a central position. He failed to make any major impact, and the closest he got to the goal was a stoppage-time shot which got blocked in the end.
However, Bolt promises just after a few months back that the world will see the best of him as a football player.
“Oh my God, probably four or five months properly [to see him at his best], but to get fit probably two months. Then to get used to the touch of the passes from my teammates … four months, I will be playing like one of the guys.”