It can be argued that for a long time, entertainment in Nigeria has centered on music, movie, comedy and sports with the older population leaning more on theater and cinemas while the younger population took in the thrills of musical concerts, comedy shows, and Nollywood. The older generation also got entertainment from sports festivals, and club football competitions featuring teams like Iwuayanwu National, IICC Shooting Stars, Rangers International, BCC Lions, Leventis Stores, and the likes in both local and continental engagements, while for the younger strata of the population, entertainment focus is on the various foreign leagues like the English Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga, Serie A, Champions League, and other major international sports competitions. However, both young and old will always converge on football involving the Nigerian national team, the Super Eagles as patriotism finds its peak whenever the team is in action.
Sport betting has become an integral part of the entertainment offering in Nigeria today because of the financial reward derivable from participating in the industry. The kind of opportunities NetBet betting and other platforms offers to millions of Nigerians is a pointer to this reality. Sport betting is not just entertainment but business as well. In fact, most Nigerians go against the saying, “Do not mix business with pleasure”. To them, the pleasure of sports betting is in the business.
It was therefore no surprise to see that it was a very bad day in the office for millions of Nigerians during the last football international break as the Nigerian national team scandalously drew their two legged fixture with a lowly rated team like the Leone Stars of Sierra Leone. There was a lot of pain to go round as some people felt they were bitten twice with the Super Eagles double draw.
Fans lamented that the entertainment derived from the double outing lasted only 29 minutes as the Super Eagles ran to a 4 -0 lead in the first leg. Thereafter, it was nothing but watching a nightmare as the team conceded 4 goals in the second half to draw the game at 4 – 4 causing a lot of fans thousands of Naira. To add salt to an open wound, many of the fans who kept faith with the Super Eagles that they would make amends for a dismal performance in Nigeria got a rude shock when the team played a goalless draw during the second leg in Sierra Leone. The game was far from entertaining with both teams putting up a performance that begs to be forgotten quickly. Not even the obvious bad pitch could be tendered as an excuse for the bad performance with the fans.
Well, that episode has come and gone, and the Nigerian fans still remain resolute that they will get their rewards elsewhere. The Super Eagles might have disappointed, there is still a lot to look forward to in Sports and sport betting. Attention has since turned to the European leagues as club football resume giving entertainment value and greater opportunity for reward as fans put their knowledge to the test in calling the outcomes of different games.