By Ben Efe
Nigeriaâ€™s current 100m champion, Obinna Metu has blamed his ill luck at the African Championships in Nairobi, Kenya on a strained buttocks muscle he sufferedÂ a day to the final of the menâ€™s 100m.
Though athletics analysts did not give him a chance to win the gold, they expected him to at least settle for silver, but MetuÂ placed seventh with 10.31 seconds compared to the winning time of 10.08 done by Cote â€˜d Ivoireâ€™s Ben YousefÂ Meite.
The lanky athlete whose strong point on the track is his strong finishing explained that he was not fit to run the race, after he strained the muscle connecting his buttocks to his hip.
â€œI didnâ€™t want to run. But I have to come out, because I want to help Nigeria win.
â€œI strained the muscle connecting my buttocks to my hip. And you know that I need it to push harder. It happened during training and it wasnâ€™t even a serious training, the devil is just a liar,â€ said Metu
However, he acknowledged that the race was a tough one and even if he was fit he needed all the push in the world to beat the field that also featured Ghanaian veteran Zakari Aziz and South Africaâ€™s Simon Magakwe, who came second and third at 10.12 and 10. 14 respectively with Nigeriaâ€™s Ogho-Oghene Egwero coming forth with 10.24 seconds
â€œIt wasnâ€™t an easy race. You know that it was decided by a 10.08 run and you have to be fit to do justice.
â€œMy happiness is that I will be fit before the Commonwealth Games in October. I will work harder to make sure I compensate for the miss in Nairobi,â€ added the athlete.