The greatest sprinter of the modern era with eight Olympic gold medals, Bolt is a national hero and has been on the line to the Reggae Girlz this week to help inspire the team in France.

"He's a massive role model for the country, he wears the flag high," coach Hue Menzies said. "He could have easily trained outside the country but he trained in Jamaica.

"He kept his roots. He hasn't changed since he was 17 to what he is now. He's been a great role model for us. He came on Skype the other day and spoke to the girls.

"He's such a positive force, he brings a lot of confidence to our group."

While saving the highest praise for the 32-year-old, he couldn't resist one light-hearted dig after his ill-fated trial at A-League club Central Coast Mariners.

"Somebody told me his first touch was so bad it took him to Australia," he laughed. "He prefers football to track, he told me that personally, that was his dream."

In France, Jamaica are still dreaming of extending their stay beyond the group phase - a task that seems as likely as Bolt returning to the A-League.

Jamaica can only can sneak through in third place if they thump Australia and hope other matches in other groups go their way.

"We want to qualify, that is what we are here for," Hue affirmed. "I know it's a mathematical thing but if we play the way we are capable of playing, we can win the game and that is why we are here."

Menzies said he wasn't blind to the scale of the challenge.

"I voted for Sam Kerr as the best player in the world," he said. "I have got huge respect for her.

"Their outside backs are lethal. Australia lead the World Cup in crosses and they play on the flanks. We have to deal with that and make adjustments."

Jamaican midfielder Cheyna Matthews, who has played alongside Matildas gun Chloe Logarzo in the USA, said it wasn't just the country's first World Cup point on the line.

She added: "We owe it to Jamaica. We owe it to the young girls ... to do something this big or bigger."