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Suspension of Foreign Leagues Hit Nigerian Bettors

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The suspension of professional football leagues across the globe due to the Corona virus has adversely affected the sporting public especially youths who depend on betting with league matches for their livelihood.

Stakeholders who spoke with our correspondent in Port Harcourt said some youths who usually engaged themselves at various betting homes staking and forecasting are now back on the streets frustrated.

According to them, many unemployed youths survive through betting and with the suspension of the league matches, it has sent them to the streets to carry out odd activities, stressing that it had brought untold hardship to some families. 

Mr. Ejike Okere said the suspension of the Leagues in Europe had affected the livelihood of many stakers including operators and they are not happy as at least 60 percent of them play and win to survive.

Okere opined that most people engage themselves from 8:00am to 10:00pm since there is no job, pointing out that it had affected them mostly, and could lead them into nefarious activities.

Another stakeholders, Famous Opaimi-fein said “corona virus has made leagues in Europe and Africa to be suspended and make youths who play for survival to be idle as they are now on the roads doing what they are not supposed to do”.

“Closure of the league has made the youths to be idle as there is lack of employment in the state and country at large. They engage in the games to try to help themselves and it took them out of the streets, and today they are back on the streets doing odd things,” He noted.

Opaini-Fein also noted that the suspension of the league had brought untold hardship as staking brought succor and kept most youths going, stressing that it has been very difficult for some youths to manage life as they depend on it for their survival.

In his contribution, Balafama Stowe said some had formed the habit of betting, habit is easy to form but hard to break or stop, and the ban had affected them adversely while others develop interest in watching matches and pool betting.

Stowe advised that although it would affect them adversely as there is no alternative or diversified source of livelihood, it would soon be a thing of the past.

According to him, “it will affect them adversely as some are into it emotionally, psychologically and morally. I advise the staking public not to depend on it solely as there is going to be psychological effect because an idle brain is the devil’s workshop. Its temporary and it will be over by April, 2020,” he declared.

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