Recently retired sprint king Usain Bolt has taken his dream of playing professional football to Norway where he will take part in a one-week training stint with Norwegian top-flight side Stromsgodset.
Having left the sport he dominated for the better part of a decade after last summer’s World Championship, the 31-year-old began to pursue his dream proving his worth on a football pitch. He has so far trained with German side Borussia Dortmund and South African club Mamelodi Sundowns earlier this year.
Bolt, an eight-time Olympic gold medallist, trained with the club for the first time on Wednesday and is expected to play in a training match against the Norway U-19 team next Tuesday.
The sporting director of the 2013 league champions former Norway striker Jostein Flo claims the club is delighted to have the former sprinter on board.
“We think it’s amazingly fun that Usain Bolt chooses to come here to Stromsgodset to train. He is a champion, one of the greatest athletes of all time and, of course, we can learn a lot from him,” Flo said.
“Usain Bolt is furthermore a particularly charismatic and energetic type and his presence will undoubtedly be a great inspiration for players, coaches and the whole club,” he added.
“We want him to be given the opportunity to play in the training match. He is a good football player, otherwise, he would not be training with us.”