Famed runner Usain Bolt has finished his week-long training session with the Norwegian football club Strømsgodset in Drammen but no one was predicting he’d have much success as a professional football player. Bolt was frustrated.
Newspaper Aftenposten reported that Bolt was only given 20 minutes to play for the club against Norway’s national U19 team last week. The young players aged 19 and under won by a score of 1-0.
“I wanted a chance to use my speed,” Bolt told Aftenposten. “These are 19-year-olds. I’m sure I’m faster than they are. I was very frustrated.”
He only got the ball two or three times, though, and lost it. “He didn’t contribute much today,” reported Tobias Christensen, a top player for another Norwegian club, Start of Kristiansand. “I don’t have much to say about what he did.”
Tor Ole Skullerud, coach of the Strømsgodset club where Bolt was training, was kinder, saying that Bolt’s performance was “okay.” Bolt himself said he was nervous.
“It was my first match, it was exciting,” said Bolt, who has earlier claimed he wants to become a football player. He flew from Norway to play a charity match at Old Trafford in Manchester on Sunday.