Reggae Boyz head coach wants Usain Bolt to play for Jamaica!

Speed can be a a major determining factor in the outcome of many football games. It is particularly advantageous to teams that prefer to play counter attacking football.

Jamaica, though perhaps unknown to many already has some of the fastest football players in the world with the likes of Luton Shelton, Dane Richards, among others.

If our national football team head coach has his way,  the fastest man in the world – Usain Bolt will grace the field as a ‘Reggae Boy’.

According to a report from the Gleaner: Winfried Schäfer, Jamaica’s national senior team coach is ready to provide the world’s fastest man an opportunity to utilize his much-stated football ambition, only this time in the national team.


“In the German newspaper, I read about Usain Bolt saying he wants to play football and he wants to play in Manchester. He’s a Jamaican and I want him to be on our team,” Schäfer told The Sunday Gleaner, while conducting duties as guest editor for the company’s World Cup project, which will be launched on Tuesday.

The sprint icon has openly stated his love for football with English Premier League team Manchester United being his international team of choice. He has even been there for training, having gotten an invitation from legendary coach Sir Alex Ferguson.

He has also played a number of charity games locally, displaying good skills and a hard left-footed kick, oftentimes scoring.

The national coach did also hint that he would like to recruit him after the 2016 Olympics.

“Maybe after the Olympics in Brazil (2016), I want to see him here in our training, that is what I want to tell him”.

Based on the video below, he appears to have decent control of the ball.

What are your thoughts? Is this a terrible idea or could Bolt’s inclusion be potentially great for Jamaican football?

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