Sensational sprinter Ferdinand Omanyala has been shuttering record-after-record but little information has been revealed about the man who has been pushing him to stardom.
To give credit where its due, Africa’s fastest man has decided to reveal the details of his top-rated foreign manager, who also doubles up as his coach.
Through his official social media page on Friday, October 1, 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.
But who is Marcel and why did Omanyala pick him?
Marcel is the founder of Fitness From Africa with over 25 years of coaching experience with success stories from 100 metres to marathon.
He is recognised and authorised by the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) as an athlete representative.
Marcel has the best time for 10 km of 31 minutes and completed nearly 40 standard marathons.
Apart from managing Omanyala, he also represents other athletes such as Jacent Nyamahunge from Uganda and Galaletsang Ramorwa of Russia.
Other running Fitness From Africa, he also runs a number of sports activities in activities in South Africa helping athletes to rise up.
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).
Omanyala’s decision to introduce his coach comes just days after sponsors’ 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.
On September 29, 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.