It will be an unusual typical weekend of watching football on t.v without a SportPesa advert coming on the screen. SportPesa is a popular bookmaker in Kenya, Tanzania, and South Africa, and has recently spread its wings to the UK and Isle of Mann. They have an equally visible presence through sponsorships in soccer and Formula 1. But how is the betting experience, one may ask? In this article, we’ll be reviewing the SportPesa South Africa sports betting services.
SportPesa South Africa
The landing page of SportsPesa looks stylish and well designed. The icons and menu buttons are visible, making the page easy to navigate through. Various menu options such as Live Games, Livescore, Statistics, and others can be accessed from the top left of the page. The left sidebar gives the punter an option to select from the different types of sports offerings for betting. The mid-section of the page is characterised by match highlights. We could however not find the search bar for quickly searching for a team or league.
The mobile page of SportPesa is equally sleek with a black theme. The site is adaptive and responds to the type of device used, adjusting screen size accordingly. The page is easy to navigate through. The menu button on the top left of the screen allows for access to menu options such as Live Games, Statistics and others.
The punter has an option to view the desktop version of the site, or better still, download an application should one fancy. Unfortunately, this app runs on Android devices at the moment, and versions of Android 4.1.1 or higher are supported. The lack of a search bar, however, makes it difficult to quickly search for a team or league.
SportPesa is very easy to navigate as all your important buttons are at the top, buttons like Live Games, Results and Live Score are useful and a good inclusion. However there is no option to see all the available sports, as in there is no Sports button. It’s bizarre really, as the SportsPesa sites overseas have this feature. They seem more concerned with pushing a plethora of social media icons instead of covering some of the basics. Also we were unable to find any search button, but we’ll touch on that a bit later.
Your sidebars contain the usual events like Soccer etc and the navigation to a specific event in a specific country is easy and straightforward. Clicking on any of the side menu Sports automatically populates the main page with highlights of the upcoming events for that sport. The loading times are fairly quick and it works well with the site design.
Sportpesa Betting Markets
Despite it’s slick looks and easy navigation SportPesa South Africa has some serious issues under the hood. Currently they only offer Soccer, Basketball, Tennis, Rugby Union and Cricket. SportPesa lucky numbers, Golf, Motor Sports? Nope. Once again it looks like a very lite clone of their overseas offering, missing many markets and events.
Once you’ve decided to take a bet you’ll also be severely limited with markets, we had a look a look at some of the upcoming Premier League matches and they had a whopping 10 markets each. These markets are missing things like Draw no bet, Goalscorers etc. Not exactly exotic markets but let’s hope they will be adding to this in the future as it’s very basic at the moment. We now see why they excluded a search function, as if they had one the search results would be blank.
Sportpesa Deposit Options
Deposits into SportPesa can be made through EFT, 1 Voucher or through debit and credit cards supported by VISA/Mastercard. There is an option of completing the deposit process through USSD codes for MTN and Vodacom subscribers.
To Login to your Sportpesa account you simply need to click on the login in button. If you are having trouble accessing your Sportpesa account then click here to go directly to the site.
Kindly note that at present Sportpesa do not have a sign on offer for South African punters.
Sportpesa Registration Process
SportPesa South Africa have made an interesting choice here, when you register you receive an sms with a registration code. This seems completely unnecessary as you are not given the option to receive this by SMS. In this day and age SMS’s have become spam and SportPesa are simply adding to this. Other than that the registration process is easy and straightforward. Here’s how to get up and running.
- Click on this link you’ll be redirected right to the SportPesa registration form.
- Enter your mobile number and e-mail address to sign up.
- After you enter your personal details, click on the blue “Sign Up” Button, this will complete your registration.
We searched high and low and could not find a single promotion on the SportPesa South Africa site. No sign up offer and no retention / weekly promotional offers either.
Sportpesa do not currently have a Fica bonus. However you can check a list of available Fica bonus bookmakers here.
Contact details and Customer Service
SportPesa have 24 hour customer support, which we tested and found to be very good. The support agents were friendly and responded to our email promptly. They don’t have a live chat feature yet, but their competent email support makes up for this as they respond very quickly.
Sportpesa have an android app available for free if you download it directly from their site.
SportPesa South Africa Overall Experience
SportPesa South Africa is like jumping into a Ferrari, strapping in, putting your foot on the gas only to find out that the engine is actually running on half flat AA batteries with a top speed of 5 kilometers an hour. The site is impressive from a visual standpoint and the support excellent, but the betting markets are a major letdown. We really would like to emphasize that we using the SportPesa site is a dream as it’s very well designed and runs like very few other local betting sites.
There is very little to bet on, which would be fine if SportPesa South Africa wasn’t a betting site, however it obviously is. We’d love to see it purr with some proper markets and a full offering, but for now we can’t recommend that you sign up with SportPesa as you can get some more value elsewhere, even with some of the smaller sites in South Africa.
We hope that they have some expansion plans for the future though. Additionally we did try contact them when doing this review but their response was rather generic. We can’t recommend Sportpesa as your daily bookie but they are worth having an account with.
SportPesa South Africa Review
- Site & Features
SportPesa offers a sleek, aesthetic web page for access from both the desktop and mobile devices. The site is also easy to navigate, but that is only as far as the good side goes. SportPesa South Africa is a big let-down through its limited sports and market options on offer. We certainly hope SportPesa will make concerted efforts to increase their sports and market offerings as this is certainly not competitive with other bookies. Additionally, one equally hopes there will be promotions. It would be hard to see the competitiveness of SportPesa in the South African market without these changes.