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Ferdinand Omanyala introduces the man behind his successes

Africa’s fastest man Ferdinand Omurwa Omanyala has revealed the man behind his recent success. The National Record holder, took the title of the eight fastest man in the world in 100m after thrashing Akani Simbine’s African record at the 2nd edition of the Kip Keino Classic in that was held in September this year.

Omanyala has decided to reveal the details of his top-rated foreign manager, who also doubles up as his coach. Through his social media page, Omanyala stated that Marcel Viljoen is the man who has been pushing him to the limits.

“Despite the numerous challenges, we have truly enjoyed some incredible highlights this year. From an intense training camp in South Africa, to the Athletics Kenya Olympic trials, to the Tokyo milestones European breakthroughs, and finally, the big finish on home soil, giving me the title of the fastest man in Africa!” he praised his manager.

Marcel is an accredited Athlete Representative by World Athletics (WA) and is the founder of Fitness From Africa which is based in South Africa and has over 25 years of coaching experience.

Ferdinand Omanyala and his Manager Marcel Viljoen During Past Training Session. PHOTO: Ferdinand Omanyala

Apart from managing Omanyala, he has two more athletes under his label such as Jacent Nyamahunge from Uganda and Galaletsang Ramorwa of Russia.

Before Omanyala picked Marcel, he was under Coach Duncan Ayiemba before he was sanctioned with a 14-month ban by the Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK).

manyala’s decision to introduce his coach comes just days after his sponsor pull out. Sports management company, DBA Africa, decided to terminate the contract with the athlete owing to different value sets represented by each faction.

“We are proud to have played a huge role in enabling him to compete around the continent resulting in attaining four qualifying times for the Tokyo Olympic Games and achieving many national records and personal best,” read part of the statement.

Two days later SNOLegal Sports & Entertainment Law announced their withdrawal of legal and advisory services offered to Omanyala.

Despite the double loss, Omanyala has maintained his silence on his next move.

Ferdinand Omanyala writes history again

Kenya’s 100m wonder boy, Ferdinand Omanyala wrote another history as he set a new national record after running the distance in less than 10 seconds.

Omanyala who is fresh from Tokyo Olympics, beat his own previous record of 10.00 seconds. When he ran in an Austria meet

Not only does he become the first Kenya to dip in under 10 seconds, he also joins an elite group of sprinters including the world’s fastest human Usain Bolt, Noah Lyles et al, to achieve that feat.

Having taken up athletics in 2016, Omanyala had taken a huge risk as he decided to abandon his rugby prospects despite having the physique for the sport. But that now looks like a risk that is paying off and thanks to his coach Duncan Ayiemba, he was able to concentrate in sprints.

His career took a minor setback in 2017 after he was sanctioned by the Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK) on doping allegations which resulted in him being slapped with one year suspension.