Usain Bolt Makes His Professional Debut For Central Coast Mariners
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Central Coast Mariners confirmed earlier this month that they have brought in the world's fastest man, Usain Bolt, for an indefinite training period.
Just weeks after it was announced, Usain Bolt made his professional debut for the Mariners on Friday, coming on in the 70th minute against an amateur team in Gosford, north of Sydney.
It was a historic moment for both the player and club. Bolt finally realised his dream of playing professionally, even if it was a brief 20 minute cameo, and the Mariners picked up huge coverage from around the world - a win-win for all involved.
Yes, Bolt may need some time to settle judging on his debut today, but his first touch gave us plenty of hope in the second half. How did the Jamaican manage to pull this one off?!
It may have been pure luck that his 'pass' found a Mariners teammate, but it was recorded as his only completed pass in his 22 minute appearance.
The 32-year-old managed the following stats, picking up a total of nine touches as well as failing to record a single shot on target.
Usain Bolt's game by numbers:- bet365_aus (@bet365_aus) August 31, 2018
Minutes - 22
Touches - 9
Times dispossessed - 3
Step-overs - 2
Completed passes - 1
Key passes - 0
Shots on target - 0
Shots off target - 1
Cameramen employed to follow his movements - 26#CCMFC #CCMvCCS pic.twitter.com/p7sYPbR6Kd
The Olympic Champion has tried his luck at Borussia Dortmund and Norwegian outfit Strømsgodset in the past, but it never quite worked out.
Central Coast Mariners gave him a chance, though, and are willing to hand him the opportunity to shine: "The Central Coast Mariners remain committed to discussions with the 'world's fastest man' and his management team, regarding what role the Club may play in Bolt's burning ambition to become a professional footballer," they said in a statement, last month.
It sounds like he had a good time, too, having tweeted afterwards: "Enjoyed getting some playing time tonight with the Central Coast Mariners FC. Thanks to all the fans who came out to support."
One of his fans tweeted: "Live your best life, Mr Bolt. You deserve it - you worked hard and made us oh-so-proud, right to the end of your career. Jamaica to di worl'!"
Another advised: "You have a way to go but good start. Slow down a bit mate - now you are a sprinter second and a footballer first. Take in whats going on around you and you'll be good."