By James K. Attaglo Wilson|

When news broke out that the fastest man on earth – Usain Bolt was going to join the Central Coast Mariners for the upcoming Hyundai A-League, many were those who predicted that the Jamaicans presence alone is enough to boost the commercial value of the professional men’s league run by Football Federation Australia [FFA].

Well, Fox Sports have today confirmed that they’re going to televised the offseason game between the Central Coast Mariners vs. Macarthur South West United at the Campbelltown Sports Ground on Friday, September 12.

Tickets of the match which is likely to feature the eight-time Olympic gold medallist – Usain Bolt have already gone on sale and those who cannot afford to go to the ground have the opportunity to watching it live via Fox Sports channel 503.

Coach of the Central Coast Mariners, Mike Mauley is of the view that the friendly is going to serve as a good platform for Usain Bolt to prove himself.

“From the outset, we said he needed time, we said we would give him 12 months if need be. A reasonable assumption would be that around January we should be judging where he’s at.
“We’re going to be ramping up our individual sessions with him over the next few weeks, so he will be given every opportunity.”

“Usain is progressing and that’s the main thing,” he added.

The Jamaican trialist [Usain Bolt] said he cannot wait to grab the opportunity:

“I’m definitely excited and if I get to start it will be a big thing for me.

“It would show that the work that I’ve been putting in is really paying off and the coach has confidence in me – so that would be a big step for me.”

Meanwhile, former AC Milan and Japanese star – Keisuke Honda fired home a first half penalty during Melbourne Victory’s 3-1 defeat to Wellington Phoenix played behind closed-doors on Thursday, September 04.

The A-League was established in 2004 as a successor to the National Soccer League and competition commenced in August 2005.