Towards the end of last month, Africa’s fastest man Ferdinand Omanyala received a blow after two his sponsors terminated their services.
On Monday September 27, the sports management company, DBA Africa, announce that it had cut ties with the sprinter who had attracted global attention.
“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 DBA Africa’s statement.
The company highlighted their role in enabling the athlete compete in local, continental and international championships including the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games that propelled him to fame.
“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,” DBA Africa said.
In a separate interview, one of DBA Africa’s representative further revealed why they cut ties with Omanyala.
“Yes, we have parted ways with Omanyala. We don’t share the same values, co-values, and vision,” the representatives said.
Barely days after DBA’s announcement, Snolegal, a law firm that represents entertainers and sportsmen issued a statement on Wednesday, September 29 revealing why they had stopped representing Omanyala.
According to their statement, they had stopped representing the sprinter as from September 7.
“However, we also understand when it’s time to leave in order to allow our former client the space to grow and take charge of his own destiny. We continue to celebrate Ferdinand’s progress and successes and will always take pride in the strides he makes for himself and for the larger Kenyan sprints community,” Snolegal said.
The sprinter has been quiet for some time however on Sunday he took to his Facebook page to speak about the issue.
“If you feel like you are losing everything, remember that trees lose their leaves every year and still they stand tall and wait for better days. Always stay positive,” Omanyala said.