Monday 24 June, 2019

Bolt has "work to do" to realise football dream - Sundowns striker

After training with Usain Bolt in January, Mamelodi Sundowns' Jeremy Brockie says the former star sprinter will have some work to do if he is to realize his dream of playing as a professional footballer.

The 31-year-old Bolt, who has not hidden his desire to pursue a career as a professional footballer following his retirement from track and field last summer, recently had a training stint with the South African club. 

While admitting that the Jamaican clearly had plenty of speed, confidence and displayed some good footwork, Brockie assessed that the world 100 and 200-metre world record holder still had plenty to work on if he is to embark on a professional career.

"It's very easy saying that you want to become a professional footballer and it's a whole different story being, I think he's 31, and then trying to start,” Brockie said in an interview with the Olympic Channel.

"He's very quick so he won't have a problem in that side of the field and he had some nifty footwork as well. [He] rated himself as an attacking player. He's got that same confidence and swagger that he has on the sprinting track,” he added.

"[But] if I had to give an honest opinion based off the little hour that we trained with him, he's probably still got a little bit of work to do."

The eight-time Olympic gold medallist, who has also spoken of dreams of representing his favourite club Manchester United, is expected to attend a trial stint with German Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund next month.

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