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Usain Bolt is set to make his debut for the soccer team Central Coast Mariners in Australia when they face an amateur side in a pre-season friendly on Friday. The 31-year-old Jamaican eight-time Olympic sprint champion, joined the Australian A-League side for an “indefinite training period” earlier this month.

The 11-time world sprint champion has been playing as a left winger in training but said he still needs to “get up to pace” with the stop-start nature of football matches.

“Because I’m not used to picking up speed, going back down, up and down, up and down, back and forth, that’s the most challenging,” he said. Bolt, who retired from athletics in 2017, has previously trained with Borussia Dortmund, South African club Mamelodi Sundowns and Norway’s Stromsgodset.

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