Usain Bolt came off the bench Friday to make his first appearance for an Australian professional soccer team in a friendly victory.
A moment in sporting history is made. @usainbolt , the footballer, steps onto the pitch in Yellow & Navy. ⚡️ #CCMFC #ALeague pic.twitter.com/3j9ZuEvTsf
— Central Coast Mariners (@CCMariners) August 31, 2018
The legendary sprinter enjoyed a lively outing in the second half of the A-League Central Coast Mariners’ 6-1 victory over a Central Coast Select XI.
Bolt, 32, played to the left of the Mariners attack and caused some nervy moments for the visiting defense at Central Coast Stadium in Gosford, New South Wales, with one run and shot forcing the goalkeeper into a decent save.
“I was a little bit nervous, but as soon as I got on the pitch, the nerves went,” he told Fox Sports. “I’ve got to keep pushing myself and I think I’ll be fine. I need probably two months to be properly fit but, in four months, I’ll be one of the guys.”
He was inches from getting on the scoresheet, as he just failed to connect with a loose ball at the left-hand post with the goal gaping.
Bolt, who wore the No. 95 shirt, admitted he feels short of fitness but said he expects to be fully ready to contribute to the Mariners’ cause by the end of the year.