The Bad Effects of Football Betting In Nigeria


These days football betting is very popular among Nigerian youths despite the fact that online slots and casino sites usually take up the market share. Don’t believe us? Play Online Slots: Win 500 FREE Spins Over 350 Games. In fact, to some people, it has become a very “lucrative business”. Statistics have shown that 70% of Nigerian youths are football betting fanatics. It has become more like a spell or ‘juju’.

Every corner of the street you go to is overcrowded with some guys trying to engage in football betting. Nobody is left out as you can see both old and young, students, touts and schoolboys. When you go to this football betting centers, you need to see the passion in the eyes of this young ones. It seems they are under some kind of spell.

What baffles me most is that nobody is saying anything about it. But why? I guess the reason is that people see it as a place to get quick cool cash.

I heard someone saying that football betting has helped reduce crime rate in the country and i am like : oh really? Tell me about it. What crime has it reduced? Perhaps someone should tell me the meaning of “crime”.

Whether you agree or not, football betting is gambling. And you know what they say about gambling?

“There are three ways to RUIN: women, gambling and technician, the most pleasant is with women, the quickest is with gambling, but the surest is with technicians”- Georges Pompidou

and again…

“A gambler is nothing but a man who makes his living out of hope”- William Bolitho

Look closely at the lives of gamblers, they are usually poor and pathetic people.

If you can see online football betting as gambling then you’ll really get my points.

Other than the quick cash you get from football betting, these are the bad effects of football betting that is eating the precious lives of our youths like canker worm:

Poverty: football betting can turn into a dangerous two-way street when you least expect it. weird things happen suddenly and your life can go all to pieces. One minute you are rich and the next you are down to your last kobo.

Wrong Mentality about Wealth: Many who engage in football betting believe that one day, just one day they’re luck will shine and they’ll become millionaires. And i ask: how many millionaire gamblers do you know in your area. If you know of any please comment below.

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Health Issues: Do you know that losing to a bet can cause sadness, high BP, regret, depression and a whole lot of negative emotions. Even insanity.

Suicide: Though no case of suicide has been recorded about someone committing suicide on losing a football bet but the possibility is high. Prolonged depression can cause suicide.

Frustration and anger: You need to see the anger and frustration in the eyes of those guys who lost to a bet. It is quite frightening.

Laziness: It makes youths so lazy that they forget about doing anything for their lives. Most of them don’t take their bath because they are busy gambling away their lives.

Waste of Financial Resources: I heard a young guy who used his school fees to bet online and has never stopped regretting his actions after he lost. Some people sell even their properties and personal belongings to bet. What a sorry life!

Read also: 6 Reasons Why Peoole Never Become Rich

Wrong Idea about Money: There is a saying that no woman can endure a gambling husband, unless he is a steady winner- Thomas Robert Dewar. Football betting makes a person believe that if you lose money that you’re a failure and vise versa. You know how wrong that idea is.

Family Conflicts: It destroys ones relationship with family, friends and colleagues. Due to obsession with the game a person is isolated from the family members which can cause serious family crisis. Certainly, no mother will proudly introduce his son as a football betting maniac.

Lack of Vision: look at the lives of those addicted gamblers, they are what i call NFAs (No Future Ambition). They live just for betting. They live in the world of fantasy. Their hope is to one day win at least a million naira. Football betting so limits their vision that they believe there’s no life outside gambling.

Lack of Creativity/Initiative: How can one ever be  creative and innovative when all he thinks is how to bet? Have you ever wondered that those football betting sites were created by human beings like you? Come to think of if, if Bill Gates was busy gambling away his life there will be no Microsoft. If Mark Zuckerberg was using his time to search for the best betting site, there wouldn’t have been Facebook.

Same can be said about successful entrepreneurs like Dangote, Dokpesi Raymond, Linda Ikeji and all the big names you know in the world.

Let’s face it!

Online football betting is WRONG!


You can nail me for that…

If nobody is saying something about this menace then we’ll be raising a nation of gamblers.

No doubt, Football betting can pay your bills for a time but it is never a reliable source of income or wealth. It is no business that you can employ others to work for you.

Lasting wealth does not come from football betting. It is for the NFAs…

Go get a life. Go make a difference. Go do something tangible for Africa. Africa needs you. The world can not wait for your next invention. People can hardly wait for your state-of-the-art product/service. Why bury such great talent in a football betting center?

To all the football betting freaks: THERE IS A LIFE OUTSIDE FOOTBALL BETTING.

What do you think? Has football betting in Nigeria done more harm than good? Let’s discuss…


15 thoughts on “The Bad Effects of Football Betting In Nigeria”

    1. Yeah you’re right Nwajei, the youth should shun all vile and do something praise worthy while embracing entrepreneurship.

      Thanks for visiting. I hope to see you some other time here

  1. LOL….this got me laughing at some point..I wish some guyz gonna see this.some will be pissed off cos de truth hurts so much.
    Promise take Five joor

  2. Comment Text*tnks for d betting hv ruined my life completely.let me share my short story.I was introduced to football betting last 2 years,I won 20,000 naira last year august,anoder week I won 7,000,4,000,I was so happy,am working as an store keeper at one company but d pay is not bouyant, I hv saved some money for my admission processing. to cut my story short,I used all my 3 years saving played game withiout winnings kobo.I was so I decided to relocate to sister gave me 25,000 for printing appreceship ,I used all d money played virtual game,now am living fake life telling my sister that I hv started learning printing work.I regret d day I knw gambling.pls advice me how can I stop gambling?.

    1. Gold Henry it’s quite unfortunate that you found yourself in the grip of gambling.

      The first step to solving a problem is acknowledging the presence of that problem and seeking help.

      And that’s exactly what you’ve done which I commend.

      To stop gambling, you have to detach yourself from eerybody, plce or thing that motivates you to gamble. Change the circle of your friend.

      Find something meaningful to do with your life.

      Since you’ve lost the money given to you for apprenticeship, you should look for a job then save some money for the apprenticeship.

      Acquired skills is much more important than any job.

      So Gold Henry be intentional about breaking free from gambling.

      I wish you well bro

  3. Totally stay away from gambling of any sought…
    Pls listen to Me assume it Never exist…
    NOBODY I repeat NOBODY that gambles that is not often deppressed…It ruined my life and I am still fixing the damages till date…U can NEVER gamble without being addicted to it.The worst lie that the devil will keep telling you in your mind even as you are reading this is that.”Lemme just make my money back I wont gamble again.but WOE to you if u listen…
    If its very difficult for you to stop u can contact me I can Helo u stop by Gods Grace…


  4. Been a victim of these bet companies myself. Lost opportunities, belongings, trust, relationships, self-esteem, ambition, drive and have no savings at all. Read about compulsive gambling and I admit to being an addict. I have come to realize that those youths in gamble centres do wish they could break free from their addictions so we should be economical in how much we ridicule them. Its true there’s what is called GAMBLER’S REMORSE – which is often temporal, but you know one is serious about quitting when he suggests organizing a peaceful protest against these bet companies, setting up a group comprising addicts where we could share our experiences in a bid to helping each other quit the habit. Here in benin, I and a couple of ‘friends’ have thought about this but lack the needed capabilty. This is where government, corporate organizations, music and movies stars can wade in to rescue the few surviving helplesss addicts. Moreso, I wish more bloggers would tackle this issue as you have done. God bless you

  5. Terhemba Sterux

    Mr. Maverick, My brother from the other mother, i love your posts “Like is an understatement” please you are a voice, stand up to your true values and let the world know the truth it has been robbed of. I am with you. See you at the top.

  6. Gambling is seriously an bad habit and I regret the first day I stepped a foot to place a bet, thank you for this heroic post. It will indeed change life.

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