Usain Bolt Scores First Goal In Professional Football

Olympic sprinter Usain Bolt (C), playing for A-League football club Central Coast Mariners, shoots on goal against Macarthur South West United in his first competitive start for the club in Sydney on October 12, 2018. PETER PARKS / AFP

 

Sprint legend Usain Bolt scored his first goals in professional football Friday after starting up front in a pre-season game for Australia’s Central Coast Mariners.

The 100 meters world record-holder, who is bidding for a professional contract, recovered from a painful kick in the groin to grab a double against Macarthur South West United in Sydney.

Bolt, 32, finished with his left foot after some slack marking on 55 minutes, celebrating with his trademark ‘Lightning Bolt‘ pose.

The Jamaican then capitalised on a defensive mix-up to score his second on 69 minutes before being substituted six minutes later with the score at 4-0.

It was the first game Bolt has started since joining the A-League club in August for an indefinite trial.

“I’m just happy that I got a chance and I’m proud of myself,” Bolt told host broadcaster Fox Sports after the game.

“It was a big deal… first start and scoring two goals. It was a good feeling. This is what I worked towards. I try to get better and I am on the way to doing that.”

Bolt said he had a “lot more to learn” and was keen to join the Mariners on a professional contract.

“I’m keen, that’s why I’m here to play my best and to try and get into the team,” he added.

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ASAMOAH GYAN: Ghana Can Take On Anyone

asamoahAfter reaching the quarter -final of the Africa Cup of Nations, the Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan said his team is not afraid of any other.

Ghana pulled through after defeating South Africa 2-1 and will meet the Group D runners-up in the quarter-finals on Sunday evening.

Confident of his team’s performance, Gyan said “with this team we can take on anyone in this competition.”

The Algeria coach Christian Gourcuff said: “It was not easy to get out of this group,” as the team qualified as Group C runners-up.

Gyan scored Ghana’s late winner in their second game against Algeria which ultimately helped them finish top of the table on head-to-head record.

“I have played at five cups of nations, but this group was the hardest,” he added.

“We were very strong mentally, even after conceding the first goal. We kept believing and fought to the end knowing that we could win.”

Ghana manager Avram Grant said: “We deserve it because South Africa were not better than us.

Grant also said “We have finished first in the group of death, which is not bad.  After losing the first match we showed great attitude in the second and continued along the same lines today , we started the match very well with two or three good chances. We had the match in our hands. I am very happy that the players showed, just as in their last match, a good spirit and good attitude.”

 

Anichebe on call as Everton beat Swansea City 3-0

Nigeria and Everton striker ensured his name was included on the scoreboard against Swansea City as he banged his second goal of the season in the English Premiership.

Manager David Moyes who was so excited with the young lad said he never regretted compensating the lanky Nigerian with a spot in the starting line-up after Monday’s game, where Everton drew 2-2 with Newcastle United at Goodison Park on Monday as Anichebe’s supposed second goal was disallowed, but above all the Nigerian striker put up an impressive display.

Anichebe was on point in the 22nd minute as he put Everton in front, thanks to a Marouane Fellaini’s chest control inside the box, shoving the ball across for Anichebe to bury into the net of Swansea City as Everton took a deserved lead.

Moyes commented that Everton would have had more goals after he expressed his being pleased with the performance of the Toffees on-filed saying their performance was extremely fabulous today for he saw everyone put in their best.