Usain Bolt recently in an interview said that he is unable to cope with the physical demands that come with professional football but reports suggest that the Jamaican sprint King is set to make his professional football debut with the Central Coast Mariners in a friendly match. The 31-year-old, 8-time Olympic champion had earlier this month joined the Hyundai A-League side for an “indefinite period” of time earlier this year after he has been appearing for trials for many football clubs around the globe. The Jamaican’s love for football is no secret and also says that it is his dream to play for Manchester United.
RT if you want Usain Bolt to sign a pro contract with Central Coast Mariners just so he’ll be in FIFA 19 😝 pic.twitter.com/1Kv5oG5ifA
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Coach Mike Mulvey said Bolt has “rudimentary skills”, adding: “I imagine he’ll get some minutes. “Mulvey said the 100m and 200m world record holder was “doing OK” but would take some time “to adjust“. He said: “The things we are asking him to do are things that he hasn’t done for quite some years. ” He has played football as an athlete in between athletic meets so he has rudimentary skills. It’s about being able to do it at the speed that we do it.” The 11-time world sprint champion has been playing as a left winger in training but said he still needs to “get up to pace” with the stop-start nature of football matches. ” Because I’m not used to picking up speed, going back down, up and down, up and down, back and forth, that’s the most challenging,” he said. ” The [A-League] season doesn’t start until the end of October so I have time.”
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Bolt who retired from athletics in the year 2017 previously trained with clubs like Dortmund and believes he can make it professional football. He believes that he will get more comfortable on the ball as he improves the number of touches he takes gets more game time. He hopes to sign a professional contract soon.