Bolt Switches Spike Shoes For Soccer Boots

Athletics legend Usain Bolt has been training with Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund in Germany.

The fastest man alive, who last year retired from athletics, reiterated his desire to play football professionally.

“I really want to try and make it professionally, to play at a high level,” the sprint superstar told reporters on Friday at the German league club.

“My goal is to make a top team and play in one of the top league in the world.”

Nearly 200 journalists and around 1,500 fans saw the eight-time Olympic gold medallist put through his paces with the first-team squad at Dortmund’s training ground.

At 31, Bolt is looking to start a career in a sport at an age when the bulk of the participants are looking to draw the curtain on their career. He, however, says that is not a tall order.

He did admit he does not have the stamina to play at that top level yet.

“Overall, I’d give myself a seven out of ten,” he said.

“It was fun, the guys were cool and they were welcoming, but I can tell I was unfit.

“I like to play on the wing, right now I am unfit so I try to stay up top (as a striker).”

As expected, Bolt, the 100m and 200m world record holder, showed phenomenal pace over the turf.

He was proud of the header he scored in a practise game but admits having much to learn.

“I’m tall, so it’s one of the things I have practised over the years,” he said of his header with sweat pouring down his face.

“I was working hard out there, I wanted to play my best, move and give the guys options.”

Dortmund coach Peter Stoeger gave a realistic appraisal of Bolt as a footballer.

“He is talented, but if he wants to make it at the top level, there are still a few things to do,” said the Austrian.

“It’s a big leap from athletics to football.

“He’s an unbelievably laid-back guy, an athlete with so much success, but with his feet very much on the ground.

“He had fun and he got some feedback, which was his wish.

“He understands the game, what he’s missing is the teamwork and how to move.”

Bolt wants to be invited back to train again — and maybe even sign — with Dortmund.

“I hope to come again and hopefully they will welcome me, I can get better and (they’ll) sign me — you never know,” he said.

Bolt is due to play at Old Trafford stadium in a charity football match on June 10 as the captain of Soccer Aid World XI in a match to raise funds for the United Nations Children’s Fund, Unicef.

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Oladapo Okeowo is an OAU alumnus with over half a decade publishing experience. He lives in Lagos and can be found where the coffee is black, the book is enthralling, the movie is popping and Arsenal is playing. Dapo was an Assistant Editor at Concise News.

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