Migori County woke up to a shocking incident when a university student committed suicide after losing Sh80,000 in a football bet.
The Kenyatta University student was found hanging on a tree behind his mother’s house in Ondome village, Uriri Sub-County, on Wednesday leaving behind a note indicating that the money he was given to pay college fees had disappeared in bet and he saw no need of living.
The student had placed the money on the high-stakes Germany-Italy Euro 2016 match. He put Sh40,000 on a Germany win and a similar amount on an Italy victory but the match ended in a draw.
“He watched the game in Nairobi but, after losing, decided to come back home, where he took his life,”
said the Migori County police boss, Mr David Kirui.
In football betting, an extra-time result does not count, so though Italy imaged victorious in the subsequent penalty shootout, his ‘win’ bet in favour of the teams did not matter.
Similar incidences have occurred with most young men finding themselves in a fix after losing a bet.