Have You Ever Lost Money To Football Betting? We Know Your Story

June 23, 2020

Sport betting companies came with a promise to reward football lovers for their love for the game. It was simple — you only need to predict results to double or triple your money. What could go wrong?

A lot, fam, a lot.

This is why everyone who has ever lost money to these betting platforms will find this relatable. For the newbies, it might trigger a PTSD episode, but for the OGs, it’s just one of those things.

It’s an easy fixture weekend, and you think it’s your payday

It seems like the sport betting companies are about to have a bad day. All the fixtures seem easy; The big clubs are playing the rather small clubs. There are a few tricky fixtures here and there, but there is only so much that can go wrong.

You excitedly add matches to your bet slip

You select your games with the confidence of a Nigerian politician. You go over them again and again, and your selection appears to be infallible. Massive payout coming straight at you.

Then you start to monitor the live scores for every match

For every gambler, the existence of flashscore and livescore is the best thing since sliced bread. You go back and forth, brimming with excitement as everything is going according to plan.

The early games turned out green, but now, your excitement has given in to nervousness.

The early kick-offs ended up in your favour. However, you can’t control your raging heartbeat anymore. You have something to lose now. You suspect that this is when everything is likely to go wrong, especially since the last match that will unlock your winnings has Arsenal in it.

You try to take off your mind off it and check the results when the match has ended

As a defence mechanism, you shut your mind off it. You will just check when it’s over. A heart attack is not your portion in Jesus’s name.

When you hear the screams of goal from the viewing centre close to your house

This means only two things; you’re about to break off into a jubilatory dance or go off on an emotional rollercoaster. You grab your phone to confirm and you see it; Arsenal has conceded a damning goal in the last minute. That’s it; it’s over. You lost.

You think of everything you could have done with the money you staked with

Now that your “eyes have cleared”, you wonder why you do this to yourself. That 1k could have been enough for two meals, but now it’s gone. Poof!

You wonder how those people who win millions with 100 Naira do it

Audio money. LOL.

And you begin to wonder why football even came back

You didn’t have to deal with this when the leagues were suspended

But you are not about to give up

They got you this time, but you won’t give up until you recover everything you lost. The hustle is real, but we move!

You'll like this

April 17, 2019

Act One: You fall in love. You fall head over heels, blindly in love. Like the way, Suara loved Toyin Tomato. The girl must be out of your league and you must move heaven and earth to please her. You must also be broke and penniless, because what good love story starts with a man […]

Toheeb

Join The Conversation

Bring a friend.

Watch

Now on Zikoko

October 22, 2020

Let’s start here: On the 20th of October, 2020, armed men of the Nigerian army allegedly shot at peaceful protesters in the recent #EndSars movement. It is estimated that at least twelve people were killed in Lagos, and hundred more were injured around Nigeria. In light of this unfortunate and avoidable incident, we decided to […]

October 22, 2020

This article contains updates on occurrences related to the general national unrest outside Lagos that you might have missed. We’ll keep updating it. Seyi Makinde addressing protesters in Ibadan The Oyo State Governor took to the streets of Ibadan yesterday to address protesters and the general public and to tell them that peace would return […]

October 22, 2020

Yesterday, Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu addressed the state following the massacre of innocent civilians at the Lekki toll-gate the previous night. Here’s the speech. After watching him struggle for over seven minutes to deliver his speech, we were able to pick out some of the stuff we couldn’t just stand. See: 1. The lies […]

Recommended Quizzes

What are you like in a relationship?
February 7, 2020

Your taste in music can say a lot about you, and this time, it’s going to reveal what you are like in a relationship. So, pick a few of your favourite Nigerian love songs, and we’ll let you know if you’re typically a distant, passionate or unbothered partner. Here you go:

November 15, 2019

There are two types of people in Nigeria right now: those who are proud Marlians, and those who are still in denial about stanning the divisive star. So, for those who proudly wear the Marlian tag, we made a quiz to test how well you really know Naira Marley. If you get more than 6 […]

October 10, 2019

2019 is certainly Burna Boy’s year, but, if we are being honest, so was 2018. Since his transcendent mixtape, Outside, the afro-fusion star has refused to get his foot of our necks — dropping a string of fantastic singles and then capping it all off with his career-best album, African Giant.  So, in a bid […]

November 30, 2019

With No Nut November FINALLY coming to an end, we’ve decided to mark the torturous month with some more horny content. After quizzes that guessed how many people you’ve slept with, how good you are in bed and who you’ll sleep with next, this one will guess when next you’ll get lucky. Take it to […]

December 11, 2019

In the past month, we’ve made quizzes that guessed the last time you had sex, how many people you’ve slept with, and just how good you are in bed. For our latest attempt, we will use your taste in Nigerian music from the 2010s to ascertain what you’re like in bed. Take to find out:

November 27, 2019

Do you have a face that could make angels jealous, or should you really be walking around with a nylon bag over your head so you don’t scare children? Well, this quiz is here to answer that by telling you exactly how good-looking you are. Take and find out: 11 Quizzes That’ll Separate The Ajepakos […]

More from Inside Life

October 17, 2020

Although non-members of the LGBTQ+ community are harassed when profiled as “gay”, a lot of people believe that the QueerNigerianLivesMatter hashtag is unnecessary. Members of the LGBTQ+ community, like many Nigerians, are fighting for their right to exist. They are victims of police brutality. So, we spoke to some queer Nigerian protesters to tell us […]

Watch

Trending Videos

Zikoko Originals

June 22, 2020
'The Couch' is a Zikoko series featuring real life stories from anonymous people.
June 22, 2020
Hacked is an interesting new series by Zikoko made up of fictional but hilarious chat conversations.
June 4, 2020
What happens when a group of chatty young Nigerians talk about things they're passionate about? You get Nigerians talk. A show that discusses very familiar struggles for the average Nigerian. From relationship deal breakers to sex education with Nigerian parents to leaving Nigeria, be prepared for a ride.
June 2, 2020
Quickie is a video series where everyone featured gets only one minute to rant, review or do absolutely anything.
May 14, 2020
Isolation Diary is a Zikoko series that showcases what isolation is like for one young Nigerian working from home due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
March 12, 2020
Life is already hard. Deciding where to eat and get the best lifestyle experiences, isn't something you should stress about. Let VRSUS do that for you.
February 6, 2020
Who doesn't want to find love? In our bid to help, we paired up a bunch of single Nigerians, sending them on an all-expense paid date, and interviewing them before and after they met.
January 27, 2020
Nigerians Talk is what happened when a motley crew of young Nigerians were put in front of a camera and asked a bunch of apparently random questions about life, love, money and more.
September 24, 2019
A group of Zikoko staff go on a road trip to every mainland country in ECOWAS West Africa

Z! Stacks

Here's a rabbit hole of stories to lose yourself in:

Zikoko amplifies African youth culture by curating and creating smart and joyful content for young Africans and the world.
X