- Omanyala said he has not been working with DBA Africa since May because the company “is not registered by World Athletics”.
- DBA Africa on Monday, September 27 confirmed they had parted ways with the Kenyan sprinter
- In 2020, Omanyala entered a partnership with the company and donned kits bearing DBA Africa’s tag in some of his races
- The sprinter has since gained global recognition for his impressive performances on the pitch
Sports management company, DBA Africa on Monday, September 27 announced they have terminated their contract with Africa’s fastest man Ferdinand Omanyala.
The company released a statement confirming they had parted ways with the Kenyan sprinter with immediate effect.
Reasons for the parting of ways between the two companies remain speculative, although some reports claim there was a breakdown of communication in the build-up to the contract termination.
“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 released to media outlets.
Nation Sports reports that DBA Africa Director, Storm Trentham claims Omanyala failed to honour some of his agreements with the company.
“The core values of DBA Africa are hugely important and must be upheld by all involved within the company. Unfortunately if our athletes do not maintain our same values at all times, we are no longer able to work successfully together,” she said as quoted by Nation.
DBA Africa Programs Director Lylle Asiligwa also spoke to Athletics.co.ke where she divulged that the two parties had developed different values, which necessitated the need to go their separate ways.
The news comes barely a week after Omanyala sprung to continental, if not global stardom.
Omanyala reportedly approached the company in December 2020, and has been working with them for a large part of the year as he approached the Tokyo Olympics.
Notably, he was donning DBA Africa branded kits when he first broke the national record in the 100m in Nigeria in March and ran 10.06 in a race in South Africa in May.
He was eliminated in the semis at the Tokyo games but has since improved tremendously, running under 10 seconds for the first time ever on Saturday, August 14 in Austria.
Weeks later, he went on to become the fastest man in Africa and eighth overall during the last leg of the 2021 World Continental Tour Gold, Kip Keino Classic where he ran 100 metres in an impressive 9.77 seconds.
Omanyala's ties with betting company
Since becoming a continental sensation, Omanyala has since been approached by several different brands including a popular betting company, which gifted him a brand new Toyota Harrier recently.
The firm's director spoke on Wednesday, September 22 where he expressed delight in being "associated" with the current fastest man in Africa
Source: Sports Brief News