Nervous Usain Bolt prepares for the debut in football

Nervous Usain Bolt Prepares For Football Debut

The club, which finished the final season of the national A-League, is planning fireworks and other entertainment to keep the fans entertained until Bolt makes his entrance.

All eyes will be on the eight-time Olympic champion with a local newspaper that plans to distribute 100,000 face masks cut out of 32-year-old cardboard for spectators to use.

"I think it will be a little weird, but not too weird," joked Bolt, who plays to the left, joked about the masks. "I've seen a bit of that in athletics, but it will be something new to play the first game and see that."

Bolt dominated the sprint races after winning the double individual gold at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 and remains the world record holder for the 100 meters.

He then won six more Olympic golds and won 11 world titles before retiring last year and continuing his passion for football.

Despite being used to running in front of 100,000 spectators and millions of viewers, his nerves are shaking when he enters a new phase of his career, having tried several other clubs around the world in vain.

"There will be nerves, definitely, it's not like a charity game, this is a race I'm looking for," Bolt said.

"I hope to make mistakes, but I also hope to enter, be proud and make an effort".

His dream of soccer is still a work in progress, with Bolt admitting this week to fight with the constant stop-start of the sport, unlike his usual sprint on the athletics track.

"He does not have football, which is natural, we did not bring him in and we told him he has to do this and do it right now," said Mariners coach Mike Mulvey, who has given Bolt an indefinite time to prove himself. Likewise. .

"For this Friday, it all comes down to what coaches tell me about how their body is dealing with the burden we have at this moment.

"But I guess he'll play a role on Friday."

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The Mariners' performance boss, Andrew Young, was blunt in his assessment: "From now on, Usain is not in the kind of condition required to play A-League," he told the Sydney Daily Telegraph.

"We have to work on his aerobic capacity and he knows it."

The Mariners begin their A-League season in Brisbane Roar on October 21.

Although Bolt is likely to spend most of Friday's game on the bench, his presence at the club's base in Gosford, 75km north of Sydney, has generated great global excitement and Mulvey is overtaking him.

"What the guys in the office tell me, there could be 10,000-12,000 people here, that's pretty incredible for a preseason game, but I welcome it because it puts us under a crosshair," he said.

While Bolt is used to the symbols of fame and fortune, he is determined to be just "one of the guys" in his new life in the Gosford area, a popular weekend getaway in Sydney with magnificent national parks and beaches. of sand.

The bright lights of Sydney are not far away, but he has no plans to party.

"I want to enjoy the city and life, but I'm still going to remember that now I'm a professional footballer, so I have to respect the coach and the rules that the Mariners leave," he said.

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