Former Jamaican sprinter and ‘world’s fastest man’, Usain Bolt recently joined A-League(top-flight Australian football league) club Central Coast Mariners to pursue his dream of becoming a professional footballer and has now scored for his team twice in his first-ever start for the club.Also Read - Yuvraj Singh to Usain Bolt, How Twitterverse Hailed Cristiano Ronaldo's Champions League Stoppage-Time Goal vs Villrreal
The game which was a pre-season friendly against Campbelltown ended 4-0 in the favor of the Central Coast Mariners. In the match, Bolt flashed his electrifying pace and finishing skills as he ran past defenders to score the first goal in a calm and composed manner, whereas the second goal came after a defensive error, as the ‘world’s fastest man’ capitalized on the opportunity to find the back of the net. Also Read - Olympic Legend Usain Bolt Leaves Comment on Neeraj Chopra's Old Instagram Post
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Bolt was on the field for 75 minutes and displayed a commendable performance which will be a major boost to earn his name in the main starting XI of the Central Coast Mariners.
Speaking to FOX Sports after the match, Bolt said, “I think I made some slight mistakes but I’m just happy to get the chance and I’m proud of myself, Scoring a goal in your first proper match is a big deal. It was a good feeling.”
The Jamaican international dons the number 95 shirt- a reference to his world record time over 100m. This game was his first-ever start for the Australian side after joining the club earlier this year. Previously, he had come on for 20 minutes as he prepares his way into the main team and to become a professional footballer-proper.
The 32-year-old, who is currently attempting to earn a contract with the Mariners is aiming to get plenty of playing time to hone his skills- there were several areas which indicated space for development in order to compete at the A-League official matches- his first touch in particular.
Earlier last month, Bolt said in an interview to Sport24 that he was progressing “I feel like I’m improving. My touch is getting better, I’ve got a while to go but with more training and more dedication to my craft I will be fine.”
“Getting more minutes in games is the aim. I think that’s the aim for any football player, you want to play as much as you can,” he added.
Bolt had made his debut for the Mariners last month and had appeared again for the club on Tuesday during a friendly match against North Shore Mariners.
Mariners coach Mike Mulvey had previously stated that Bolt is showing progress and they are ready to give him twelve more months as he needs time.
“Usain is progressing and that’s the main thing. From the outset, we said he needed time, we said we would give him 12 months if need be,” Mulvey said.
Before joining Mariners, Bolt also had a trial with German Club Borussia Dortmund. Playing alongside the likes of Mario Gotze and Marco Reus. he scored in the trial match on that occasion as well.
Usain Bolt is an eight-time Olympic Gold winner and holds the world record for 100m (9.58 seconds), 200m (19.19 seconds) and 4x100m relay (36.84 seconds) events, besides having 11 World Championship titles to his name. He retired from athletics following the 2017 World Championships but wasted no time started a new chapter in his career with aim of becoming a footballer.