English Premiership

Usain Bolt 'signs' for Socceraid charity match

2018-02-27 10:05
Usain Bolt (Mamelodi Sundowns Twitter)

Cape Town – The world’s fastest man Usain Bolt has "signed" for the Socceraid charity match for Unicef that is set to take place at his boyhood club Manchester United's Old Trafford Stadium.

Bolt will feature in the Unicef match in June after he teased information that he had signed for a football club in a short clip on Twitter after previously stating that he had secured a trial with German side Borussia Dortmund.

Mamelodi Sundowns hinted at the news that the Jamaican sprinter might have signed for the club after tweeting a picture of sprinter with the caption "Football will never be the same" before the news was officially announced.

Bolt was invited by head coach Pitso Mosimane to train with Masandawana during his first visit to South Africa in January.

The Eight-time Olympic gold medalist and now retired sprinter was in South Africa as part of Athletics South Africa's (ASA) plan to bring greater awareness to the sport.

Despite being the fastest man to grace the 100m and 200m distances, Bolt has always had a close affinity with soccer and openly stated his ambition to play for Manchester United.

A short 10 second video of Bolt himself stating that the announcement will happen has confirmed his desire to make the switch from track to field."I've just signed for a football team! Find out for who it is one this Tuesday, February 27," Bolt said in the video released on Twitter.

The Unicef supported initiative  - which has raised over $30million in the last decade - raises money for underprivileged children across the world, providing them with food, vaccines and clean water.

Previous editions of the charity match have featured the likes of Hollywood stars Will Ferrell and Woody Harrelson, as well as former greats Zinedine Zidane and Diego Maradona. 

"It is my dream to make it as a professional footballer, so to be able to step out onto the pitch at Old Trafford in June, and play against some of football’s biggest legends is going to be remarkable," Bolt told Manchester United's official website.

"I enjoy the thrill of competition in front of a crowd, so Robbie and his England team better watch out as I won’t be going easy on them!

"I’ve got a pretty special celebration planned for when I score, by the way. My team is going to be unbeatable – and Soccer Aid for Unicef is counting on your support to make a difference to thousands of children around the world. Come and join in the fun!"

 

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