Sports betting is the new rave in town. Just by predicting what European team will win which football match, most Nigerians youths now hope to make it big.
They spend every passing day either watching or discussing football, this they believe is a stepping stone to winning big in the betting world as their knowledge of football can enhance a big win for them some day.
This blog gathered from most youths that it has now become a legitimate means of making money as most Nigerian youths now take up sports betting as a job. They go out in the money and play the bets, trying to make accurate predictions of which club will win, then return home to sleep, or retire to a beer parlour of barbing salon to discuss football.
Intermitently they go out to watch live matches, with the hope that the teams they predicted will win. Sometimes, as late as midnight, the last matches of the day are played and they go home rejoicing or sulking about their game having been spoilt by the loss of their favourite team.
This continues everyday and round the year it keeps happening, while these youths fantacize about a big win someday.
Some young people who spoke with this reporter said the trend if very lucrative as most of them have won over N100,000 in the past with as little of N200. they even told stories of young people who have netted several millions.
But they never count the little little resources they expend to play the game, which never led to winning, or even how much of the winning they ploughed back into it and did not win.
They do not also consider what they would have gained if they engaged in other useful ventures.
But in all these, this blog found that the introduction of sports betting have limited the number of crime in the society.
It was learnt that most of the young people who would have engaged in one criminal activity or the other now take solace in the fact that someday, they will make big winning from betting, so as they go out to play, engage in watching matches to monitor their game they are distracted from making plans that are criminal.
To this end, a non governmental organisation has condemned the indolence sports betting is bringing over our youths
He called for focus from youths and a culture of hard work to ensure that they realised the full potential of their lives.