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Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 September 2018

Sprint king Usain Bolt to take part in Soccer Aid match at Old Trafford

The 31-year-old Jamaican on Sunday announced he was signing for a football team and South African outfit Mamelodi Sundowns hinted it was them by posting a picture on Twitter a day later

In this file photo taken on August 28, 2013 Jamaica's Usain Bolt looks on behind a ball during a press conference following his visit at the Fifa headquarters in Switzerland.
Fabrice Coffrini / AFP
In this file photo taken on August 28, 2013 Jamaica's Usain Bolt looks on behind a ball during a press conference following his visit at the Fifa headquarters in Switzerland. Fabrice Coffrini / AFP

Eight-time Olympic champion sprinter Usain Bolt will play in Soccer Aid later this year.

The 31-year-old Jamaican on Sunday announced he was signing for a football team and South African outfit Mamelodi Sundowns hinted it was them by posting a picture on Twitter a day later.

But it was revealed on Tuesday morning that Bolt, who hung up his spikes after the World Championships in London last year, will take part in the star-studded Unicef match on June 10.

Bolt will form part of a World XI which will go head-to-head with singer Robbie Williams' England XI at Old Trafford.

The world's fastest man, a Manchester United fan, has previously spoken of his desire to play football and once had a trial with German side Borussia Dortmund.

Bolt said: "It is my dream to make it as a professional footballer, so to be able to step out onto the pitch at Old Trafford in June, and play against some of football's biggest legends is going to be remarkable.

"I enjoy the thrill of competition in front of a crowd, so Robbie and his England team better watch out as I won't be going easy on them!

"I've got a pretty special celebration planned for when I score, by the way."

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