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SportPesa Launches USSD for Customers without Internet Connection


SportPesa has recently announced the launch of a USSD function for its customers who don’t have mobile devices, smartphones, or even Internet access.

The Kenyan sports betting company will offer the feature will enable customers who wish to place bets without using the Internet. South Africa-based sports betting fans will just need to dial the short code*790# to wager on sports betting events. SportPesa used to exclusively offer wagering services via their mobile app and website.


SportPesa allows you to predict and place bets on your favorite matches be it local or international games for betting. You can place your bets via sms to 79079, or via the SportPesa android app, or online or via USSD by dialing *790#. You can place your bets from anywhere, before the first whistle of the referee for Pre-match markets or play live on the live betting markets.

Also play on the Jackpot and the Mega jackpot for only KSH 100. Now, KSH 100 is the new big cash as you can win at least KSH 10,000,000 playing on the Jackpot.

How to get started

Sportspesa app

All you need is to sign up for an account and place  single or multiple bets right there to get started. In case you ran out of bundles for one reason or the other you had the option of using the texting alternative to sign up for an account with Sportpesa. So as said above now you can place your bet through the text code 79079 which is much simpler. Also through the use of a USSD short code you can get all your queries sorted out. You can easily and conveniently place your wager and manage your account. Sportpesa clams this method is aimed towards the individuals who have no access to internet connection. The individuals who still prefer to hold on to feature phones either by design or choice.

This  USSD code, *790# works on both Safaricom and Airtel platforms. If your line is not registered with Sportpesa you will receive the following message:

Your number: 2547xxxxxxxx is not registered with Sportpesa. Please visit to register or SMS the word Game to 79079.

If you are already registered you will be presented with the following options: Welcome to Sportpesa, Place Mega JP Bet, Place JP Bet, Place Bet, Bet Chap Chap, Cancel Bet, My Account or Change PIN.

Sportpesa App

Sportspesa app is free to download. Click the download button to start downloading the Sportpesa App. You can also download the Sportpesa App via QR Code. The App is extremely internet and bundle friendly, thus placing at your fingertips the opportunity to play more for less money. It is faster, cheaper and always with you everywhere, anytime.

Once you have your app you can start to place bets. You will encounter betting card all across the app, it will allow you to make your picks.

Betting card

Then there are bet slips. The betslip, works the same way as they are given online in the website. It can be accessed from the ‘Betslip’ label which shows up when you make any pick on the app. The bet can be placed by introducing a betting amount and tapping on the ‘Place bet’ button.

To play the Jackpot you can access from the action bar. It is represented by a stack of coins. If a Jackpot is currently available for playing it will be displayed. If the Jackpot has already started the results will be displayed or if the jackpot is finished it will show the complete summary of results.

To withdraw your winnings you can move to drawer menu where you can access ‘Withdraw Funds’. In this section you can withdraw your funds by entering the amount of funds you want to withdraw. The deposit funds section can also be found in the drawer menu. It is just a comprehensive list of useful information that you will find about the paybill numbers by operator and step-by-step guides.

How to play with sportspesa app

A Proof of Increasing Sports Betting Interest

SportPesa’s Chief Marketing Executive, Kester Shimonyo says that there’s an increasing interest in sports betting services. SportPesa has listened to customer feedback and the demand for more convenient betting services. The USSD feature is one of the first functions that SportPesa is rolling out. The sports gambling operator aims to make it more convenient to place bets.

Another great news for the Kenyan sports betting company is that it recently entered the U.K. market. SportPesa is sponsoring the Hull City football team in a historic three-year deal. SportPesa is planning to broaden its reach in 4 regions next year.

USSD Function Shows Significant Mobile Usage

SportPesa is one of the pioneers in offering the USSD option to its customers. There has been a sustained surge in USSD application by Kenya-based companies this year. The interesting fact is that almost 90% of Kenyans own mobile gadgets but Internet connection is only at 68%.

This only shows that Kenyan-based companies are covering all brackets of their target customers through the use of USSD applications.