Sprint sensation Ferdinand Omanyala was on Wednesday 22nd September, 2021 gifted a brand-new car by betting firm Odibets as a reward for breaking the African 100 metres record last weekend at the Kip Keino Classic Tour.
President Uhuru Kenyatta, former Prime Minister Raila Odinga and Sports Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed were among the dignitaries alongside other Kenyans who cheered the record-breaking Omanyala.
During the appreciation ceremony held at the New Stanley hotel, Odibets General Manager Dedan Mungai said the company was proud to associate itself with Mr Omanyala and walking with him in his journey. The Toyota Harrier car is worth Ksh5 million
“As a company, we 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 are aligned with our core values, ” said Mr Dedan Mungai, as he handed over the car keys to Mr Omanyala.
The car’s number plate will bear the number 977 to celebrate his huge record-breaking achievement. Speaking during the event, Mr Omanyala said he always knew he was destined for greatness and was very grateful to Odibets which has 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 that 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.
In his speech, Mr Omanyala advised 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 didn’t know right now I would be the proud owner of a car,” said Mr Omanyala.