Eight-time Olympic sprint champion Usain Bolt has scored two goals in his first match for a professional team, Central Coast Mariners.
The Mariners secured a 4-0 win over Macarthur South West in a friendly today, October 12, at Campbelltown Sports Stadium, Australia.
Bolt scored the third goal – his first, in the 55th minute and celebrated with his signature ‘lightning bolt’ pose. He produced the other goal in the 68th minute before being substituted in the 75th.
Bolt, who said ‘it is a good feeling’ to have scored, is yet to secure a contract with the Mariners for the Australian A-League season, which is set to start on October 19.
“I am happy I could come here and show the world I’m improving,” said the Jamaican who retired from athletics last year.
“I am keen to be a Mariner, to play my best and get into the team.”
Bolt further said: “We will sit down with the club, discuss and see if we want to move forward, and what I need to do and how to do that. For me, I’m taking this a step at a time, and I want to push myself to see how far I can go. We have to sit down after this game – the season will come up – figure out what were got to do. But, until that, I am here to train.”
Ross McCormack, who scored the first goal for the Mariners, said: “The best thing about Usain Bolt is he is so humble. He’s fitted in well with the lads. From my first day, even to where he is now, the transformation is huge.”
The Mariners, after the friendly, tweeted: