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Bolt set to make Mariners debut against amateur side

Bolt set to make Mariners debut against amateur side
Eight-time Olympic sprinting gold medalist Usain Bolt takes part in his first training session with the Central Coast Mariners at Central Coast Stadium in Gosford, Australia, August 21, 2018. AAP/Dan Himbrechts/via REUTERS   -   Copyright  STRINGER(Reuters)
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MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Olympic sprint champion Usain Bolt is set for his first trial match with Australian soccer team Central Coast Mariners when they take on a select side of top local amateurs on Friday.

Mariners coach Mike Mulvey said the eight-times Olympic gold medallist could expect to get some minutes in the match, which will be televised live by local broadcaster Fox Sports.

Bolt, who had his first training session a week ago, said he expected to get on the ground for the last 15 or 20 minutes and had been practising as a left winger.

“For me, it’s just getting fit and getting a lot of touches of the ball,” the 32-year-old told reporters after training at Central Coast stadium on Tuesday.

“I have time so I’m just going to take my time to learn the ways and keep pushing.”

(Reporting by Ian Ransom; Editing by Peter Rutherford)

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