Omanyala Finally Discloses Sole Reason Behind Joining Police 

Africa’s fastest man Ferdinand Omanyala.

Africa's fastest man Ferdinand Omanyala has disclosed what led him to join the National Police Service (NPS).  

Speaking on a show at KTN Home, the 100m athlete noted that the main reason he joined the Police unit was to have a job after retirement as that was a fallback plan.

Omanyala joined the Police in December 2021 where he was briefed on his new role by the then Inspector General, Hilary Mutyambai. 

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“It is a permanent job. I joined the police because I will be representing them in different events, of course, for the salary and also for my protection.  

“It is a good thing and they are very good because as an athlete they give you the leeway to go train and compete, you do not have to show up for work or duty," Omanyala stated. 

However, the Kenyan sprinter indicated that he does not have the power to arrest people as that is not his job.

"My work is to run and make them proud,” Omanyala explained.  

Omanyala joined a pool of other elite athletes in the NPS including the likes of David Rudisha, Joshua Kamworor, Vivian Cheruiyot, Julius Yego, and Ezekiel Kemboi. 

The sprinter ended his 2022 Athletics season in September, finishing third at the Memorial Borisa Hanzekovica, a Continental Gold Tour label race staged in Zagreb, Croatia. 

Some of his achievements this season include breaking the African 100m record previously held by South African international Akini Simbine. 

Omanyala broke the Simbine record with a time of 9.77 seconds at the African Athletics Championships in Mauritius on June 6. 

He also went on to win his first Commonwealth title in Birmingham in August, with a time of 10.02 seconds.

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