Ferdinand Omanyala’s star continues to rise and so does the blessings that have suddenly showered on him after a stellar last two months. Omanyala has been gifted with a brand new Toyota Harrier by his sponsors Odibets.
The reward comes less than a week after his historic run at the Kip Keino Classic where he clocked 9.77secs to finish second behind American Trayvon Bromell and ended up setying a new Kenyan and African record.
Odibets General Manager Dedan Mungai said that the company was proud to associate itself with Omanyala and walking with him in his journey since last year when his star started to shine.
“As a company are proud to associate ourselves with Omanyala who has proved beyond all means that Kenya can conquer the world in the field of athletics. His character, resilience, endurance and performance is aligned with our core values as a company, ” said Dedan Mungai, the Odibets Country Manager.
The car’s number plate will bear the number 977 to celebrate his huge record-breaking achievement. This is Omanyala’s second reward from Odibets as he had earlier been sponsored with a Sh1.5mn boost as he prepared for the Tokyo Olympics where he finished second.
Omanyala said that he always knew he was destined for greatness and was very grateful to Odibets as they have walked the journey with him supporting him in all that he did.
“Odibets came at the right time when I needed them and It is through them, I was able to focus on my training enabling me to break the African record, ” said an elated Omanyala who had been accompanied by his family for the appreciation ceremony.
He also disclosed that he was glad that floodgates were now opening up after initially struggling as an athlete, revealing that his girlfriend used to pay all the bills when he was broke.
“She stood by me when I had nothing and would even pay the rent and buy food. Now it is my turn to take care of her. She has been my strength and motivation and I am glad that this success has now come,” Omanyala, with a wide grin on his face said.
Omanyala advised his fellow athletes to embrace hard work and never give up on their dreams.
“Hard work, discipline and perseverance are the three main components of success, as I ran the race on Saturday at the Kasarani Sports stadium I did’nt know right now I would be the proud owner of a car,” said Omanyala.
The sprint sensation, a student at the Kenyatta University will now take some time off to rest before switching attention to next season where he plots on running at the African and World Championships as well as the Commonwealth Games.
“I want to go out to Mombasa with the family and have some time to rest. I have been away for almost two months and I want to spend some time with them. I will re energize then come back to focus on next season,” said Omanyala.
He added; “I want to medal in all the events that I will run in and I believe I will plan well for them. This year came as a surprise.”