Not fast enough! Usain Bolt does not grab the cross in the box to score when the Olympic sprinter leaves the bench to make a professional football debut for Central Coast Mariners (and is wearing the No. 95 – in a nod to the world record of 100m)
- Usain Bolt left the bench to make his professional football debut on Friday
- Bolt played the last 19 minutes in the Central Coast Mariners preseason friendly
- It received a great reception by 10,000 fans when it was presented for its debut
Usain Bolt is still catching up with professional football and showed up after he could not hold on to a cross after leaving the bench for Central Coast Mariners in a preseason friendly at Gosford on Friday.
The 32-year-old Jamaican, who hopes to win a professional contract before the 2018-19 Champions League campaign for the Mariners, was greeted by a crowd of nearly 10,000 when he joined the team's base north of Sydney. in the 72nd minute against a select amateur side.
With the Mariners leading 6-0, a relaxed Bolt managed a few steps on the left wing and was within inches of connecting with a short range hit.
Usain Bolt missed a golden opportunity to extend the Mariners' lead when a cross was crossed
But he softened his lines when the ball went out of reach and he could not turn it
The Mariners won 6-1 but could have been seven with a debut goal for Bolt
Usain Bolt left the bench for Central Coast Mariners to make his professional debut in football
The Jamaican uses his athleticism to jump in the air and pass the ball to a teammate
The Olympic sprinter seemed to have had the opportunity to score from inside the penalty area
There were some heavy touches and the occasional loss of possession in the final minutes, which showed that Bolt still has a lot of work to do.
After the Mariners sealed a 6-1 victory, Bolt acknowledged that he will need at least four months to improve his fitness levels and perform at his best on the soccer field.
– Probably four or five months … to get in shape two months. Within four months (from now on) I will play as one of the boys, "Bolt told Fox Sports.
"It was fine, it was what I expected, I was a little nervous, but as soon as I entered the field, he left.
Bolt seemed happy when he took his place on the bench before his professional debut
The Olympic sprinter warms up before the Mariners friendly against Central Coast Select
Bolt is being judged by the Mariners and wants to try to get a professional contract with them.
"My physical condition is much better, the more I play, listen and train, the better I go," he said.
The Jamaican sprinter was assigned the No. 95 jersey in a nod to his world record of 100 meters in 9.58 seconds, which he ran to take the gold at the World Athletics Championships in Berlin in 2009.
Bolt's attempt to transform himself from the superstar of world athletics to the professional soccer player has generated great publicity for the Mariners wrestlers, who finished in the bottom of the A-league of 10 teams last season.
It has also aroused skepticism, with Adelaide United coach Marco Kurz questioning Bolt's open rehearsal, saying the A-League should focus on recruiting proven talent and improving young Australians.
Bolt (in the photo that arrives at the stadium) has admitted that he will be nervous about playing on Friday