Payment methods for sports betting in Africa

Online sports betting firms in Africa offer a variety of payment methods for customers to deposit money into their betting accounts and withdraw their winnings. The payment options are among the main considerations by a majority of customers when registering with a betting firm. It is standard for betting companies to provide more than one payment method for their customers. Most customers want payment methods that are quick, convenient, and have minimal charges. It is also important for the payment methods to be secure and reliable for both parties.

Overview payment methods for betting:

More details about methods can be found at the bottom of this page and on the specific country pages.

  • Debit & Credit Cards
  • Bank/EFT transfers
  • Mobile Payments
  • Online Wallets
  • Vouchers
  • Crypto Currencies
Betting Payment methods in Africa overview

The most common payment methods available in Africa include: debit and credit cards, bank/EFT transfers, mobile payments, online wallets, and vouchers. Some betting firms have started accepting cryptocurrency as a payment method. Under each payment method are different service providers. The specific providers vary generally depending on the country and licensing requirements. Each payment method has its pros and cons. Our page provides you with all the relevant information about each payment method. It is also important to read the terms and conditions related to the payment method from the bookmaker.

Debit and credit cards are perhaps the standard payment method for international betting firms and many local firms. Visa and Mastercard are the most widely recognized internationally. Most bank ATM cards in African are linked to Visa or Mastercard. Another example of a debit card is Verve (Nigeria). Card transactions generally take 24-48 hours.

Bank EFT/transfers are used to move money to and from an individual’s bank account to their betting account. One has to provide their bank account details during registration or later in order to use this method. Bookmakers generally accept bank transfers from local and international banks as long as they are properly licensed. This method allows for the transfer of large amounts of money above the payment limits of other methods. However, it takes a bit longer to complete the transaction, usually between 1-7 days.

Online payments/e-wallets are a convenient payment method for most betting customers. This is because most transactions are instant.Β  Transactions may be free or involve minimal charges. E-wallets enable customers to make payments in betting sites where local currencies are not allowed. Payments can be made in form of the leading global currencies such as the dollar and Euro. The most common examples of e-wallets include; Paypal, Skrill, Neteller, and Paysafe.

Mobile payments are growing in popularity all across Africa due to their convenience. Betting customers can instantly withdraw and deposit money into their accounts through their mobile phone payment method. Most betting companies require customers to provide a mobile number during the registration process. This mobile number can be used for mobile payments if the customer chooses this payment method. Mobile payment services are generally provided by various telecommunications companies in the countries where they operate. The most popular mobile payments include Mpesa (Safaricom, Kenya; Vodacom Tanzania and South Africa), Airtel Money (14 African countries including Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Nigeria, Zambia etc), MTN Mobile Money (MoMo) of South Africa and Nigeria, and Tigo Money (Tanzania).