Football fanaticism in Kenya morose at our campuses is a huge deal. Soccer is considered the greatest game worldwide. It’s followed by masses all over. One such great event is the World Cup. The greatest bets in soccer has been seen at the World Cup. Vehicles,large sums of money and other precious valuables have been lost through bets.
Interestingly,a new platform has risen in Kenya in the name of Sportpesa. Participants place their bets via mobile money transfer hours before the official kick-off. Classified under three categories-single bet, multi bet and the lumpsum jackpot. Comrades prefer multi bet where they choose the big teams playing against the teams considered weak.
Choosing from the competitive leagues worldwide, winning such bets require a properly researched analysis. With the jackpot currently at over 8.6million, a group of comrades from the University of Nairobi converge at a common place every Friday night for a detailed analysis. Their football expertise is a force to reckon. Unluckily lady-luck has never been on their side to crack the jackpot.
One Fredrick Mutiso alias Mabior de Mabior recently walked on the moon after predicting 11 out of the 13 games right and won Ksh31,070. His joy was unparalleled and he vowed to continue in his trade by placing the bets. For those who lack proper knowledge in football, their money has been going down the drain.
Sportpesa has become a full time job for some comrades. Sitting at distinct places in the campus environment, they are usually seen comparing notes on the possible win, draw or cases of goals issuing from both sides. Conversations are all about Sportpesa in campus. Comrades money are consumed by this online luck-based hustle.
Ben Tyson, a Third Year Journalism student at a local campus in Nairobi recently purchased a new set of furniture courtesy of the betting site. He had a multi bet of Ksh41,706 in a single day. Such cases converts one into life membership of the betting site.
On the contrary, a student who sought anonymity confessed to have lived at the mercy of friends for close to a whole semester after losing Ksh9,000 in a span of two weeks. He had placed bets of Ksh4000 and Ksh5000 with hopes of recovery but unluckily lost both. An almost similar case saw a lady from Lower Kabete Campus fail to register for her semester’s units in time. She had hoped for a win only to be treated to a shocking loss.
To the ardent fans of Sportpesa, share your experiences in the comment box. The game continues,twende game!