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Usain Bolt Signing Hinted by South African Club Mamelodi Sundowns on Twitter

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistFebruary 26, 2018

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - JANUARY 29: Photographers try to capture Retired Jamaican athletic superstar Usain Bolt  during the PUMA School of Speed competition at Ruimsig Stadium on January 29, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
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South African club Mamelodi Sundowns, last year's runners-up in the Absa Premiership, have hinted they are the team who have signed former Olympic sprinter Usain Bolt to a contract.

The club posted this photo on social media on Monday:

Mamelodi Sundowns FC @Masandawana

Football will never be the same. Find out tomorrow 8am GMT! 😏👆 #Sundowns https://t.co/nifRZFR62s

The 31-year-old took to Twitter on Sunday to confirm he had signed a contract with a club, realising his dream of becoming a footballer:

Usain St. Leo Bolt @usainbolt

I've signed for a football team! Find out which one this Tuesday at 8am GMT 👀 https://t.co/iFTlWxfy7x

Per the Express (via Goal's Ryan Kelly), Bolt outlined his plans for a career switch last year, with a tryout with Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund scheduled for March 2018.

The eight-time Olympic gold medalist has been vocal about his desire to make it as a footballer and how he one day wants to play for his favourite club, Manchester United, per Kelly.

It's worth noting Mamelodi Sundowns have Puma as their kit sponsor―the German brand is also a longtime sponsor of Bolt, so there's reason to believe this is little more than a publicity stunt.

Per Joe Crann of Soccer Laduma, clubs in the South African league are only allowed to contract five foreign players, and Sundowns have already reached that threshold.

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