Welcome to our SBA Uganda review. Sports Betting Africa - simply known as SBA - has been in operation in Uganda since 2007. It has an ever-growing network of retail betting sports spread across the country, and also a popular online sports betting platform with a particular focus on mobile betting.
This review takes a closer look at SBA Uganda's online sportsbook, which is licensed and regulated by the Lotteries and Gaming Regulatory Board. We assess the range of sports, betting markets, odds, margins, bonuses, and promotions. How does Sports Betting Africa compare against other top brands in Uganda? Continue reading to find out.
Pros & Cons
Sports You Can Bet On
Betting Products & Features
SBA offers a fantastic selection of sports for punters to bet on. In addition to those listed above, there’s also futsal, handball, waterpolo, and sailing among others. However, we noticed a couple of gaps, such as no esports, horse racing or greyhounds.
Soccer Betting at SBA
You don’t need this SBA Uganda review to tell you that soccer is the most popular sport in the country. For this reason, soccer betting is the dominant force in this sportsbook.
As the time of writing, SBA had over 1,000 soccer matches open for pre-match betting. You can wager on action from all over the world. Naturally, all of the top European nations, like England, Spain, Italy and Germany are covered; however, there’s also soccer from Bahrain, Thailand, and Wales, among many other countries. These are some of the top leagues and competitions you can bet on at SBA Uganda:
This bookmaker backs-up its large selection of soccer events with spectacular market depth. For EPL games, there is close to 500 unique betting opportunities available for each match. Here’s what you can expect to find:
- Main Markets: 1X2 (Match Result), handicap, correct score, both teams to score, double chance, draw no bet, half-time/full-time, winning margin, and others.
- Goal Markets: over/under total goals, o/u total team goals (home and away), exact number of goals, clean sheet.
- Highest Scoring Half: highest scoring half – 1st or 2nd, highest scoring half – home team, highest scoring half – away team.
- Combo Match Markets: matchbet + over/under, match flow, matchbet + btts, total goals + btts, double chance + totals, multi-scores, etc.
- Half Markets (1st and 2nd): 3-way, draw no bet, correct score, over/under goals, double chance, and so on
- Corners and Bookings: total corners, 1st-half/2nd-half total corners, corners handicap, total corners home/away team, total match cards, total match card points, total home/away cards, 1st team to get a card, and many others.
- Specials: player sent off, score in both halves, intervals (first 10 mins, etc), how will match be decided, etc.
It’s worth noting that not all soccer matches at Sports Betting Africa carry the same outstanding depth in betting markets. For instance, games from Bolivia’s Professional Division have only 21 pre-match bets available. However, this isn’t a negative for our SBA Uganda review because most other bookmakers are the same in this respect.
If you are a keen soccer bettor, SBA allows you to cash out your bets on hundreds of markets. This is a top feature because it means you can lock in a profit before the final whistle. Alternatively, if your bets are not going as planned, you can cash out and salvage some of your stake.
Basketball Betting at SBA
Basketball betting is also popular at SBA Uganda. There’s matches from many different leagues and cups around the world, including the NBA, EuroLeague, Champions League of Basketball, BBL, NBL, LKL, and Japan’s B-League, to name a few.
When looking at market depth, you’ll find around 100 markets for NBA matches, such as 2-way (incl. OT), handicap, HT/FT, 1X2 quarters, points spread, o/u total points, odd/even points, and many more.
Other Sports at SBA
Don’t think this SBA review Uganda is only soccer and basketball; this is a truly global sportsbook which delivers all of the best action from around the world. There is an abundance of ice hockey betting options; however, several matches have less than a dozen markets open.
Rugby is also popular, with bets available on both Union and League codes. Cricket covers international test matches, ODIs and Twenty20 events. Then, you have the best UFC action, American football, tennis, and plenty of darts betting, too.
Punters demand value when betting, and while SBA Uganda has a plethora of promotions, the proof of true betting value is found in the margins that it sets. For those who are new to wagering, a 100% market means that it’s totally fair. Of course, the bookie needs to make a profit, so it sets its margins above 100%; the question is by how much? Let’s preview a few random events to find out.
- Leicester City vs Manchester Utd: Premier League [1X2 market] – Odds: 3.05 | 3.60 | 2.23 = 5.20% margin
- Barcelona vs Eibar: La Liga [O/U 2.5 goals market] – Odds: 1.40 | 2.80 = 7.10% margin
- Pistons vs Cavaliers: NBA [2-way market] – Odds: 1.70 | 2.03 = 8.00% margin
- Poirer vs McGregor: UFC 257 [2-way fight winner market] – Odds: 2.65 | 1.33 | 7.20 = 12.80% margin
- Mikawa vs Brex: B-League Japan [IN_PLAY- match winner market] – Odds: 2.90 | 12.0 | 1.47 = 10.70% margin
- 26th December 2020 Overall average margin: 8.76%
While this is only a small sample, it provides us with clear information that some markets are much better value than others. For example, Premier League soccer is good, but the prices for the McGregor fight at UFC 257 are pretty bad. Overall, the average of 8.76% is in-line with most other operators. Still, it’s worth comparing different bookmakers before betting to see where you can get the best odds.
If there’s a break in action in real-life, SBA has one of the most impressive virtual sports betting arenas on the internet. Here’s a rundown to whet your appetite:
Live Betting & Streaming
If you’re going to claim to be Uganda’s #1 online sports betting site, you need to offer a comprehensive selection of live betting options for customers. SBA serves up 1000s of live events each month; spread across numerous sports, including soccer, basketball, tennis, cricket, rugby, table tennis, ice hockey, volleyball, and futsal, among others.
Market depth among the top live betting fixture is extremely good. For instance, the Premier League game between Leicester and Man Utd has 230 match markets; Glasgow Rangers vs Hibernian (SPL) has 138 markets, and even games from the Thai League 1 offer 50 to 70 markets.
Yet, it’s not just soccer, you can expect to find 60+ betting opportunities for live basketball, 20+ for rugby, and over 70 for NHL ice hockey. As always, it depends on the sports and the popularity of the match as to how many total markets there will be, but on the whole, our SBA Uganda review team is more than satisfied with what this site has to offer.
On the downside, there’s no live streaming currently available at SBA, which is a big miss, in our opinion. Furthermore, while the betting platform is easy to use, it’s rather basic. You don’t have a visual match console with up-to-the-minute stats, like some other sites offer. Most definitely an area which this operator could work on improving.
SBA Uganda Mobile App
Like many punters all over the world, Ugandan sports bettors prefer to use a mobile device for this activity. SBA is well-equipped in this regard. Its online platform is mobile responsive, and our SBA Uganda review experts found it relatively fast and easy to navigate.
No corners are cut in terms of sports coverage and market depth for SBA mobile users. Furthermore, customers have access to the same range of promotions and bonuses that you get on the desktop platform.
Alternatively, if you want a customised sports betting experience, you can download the new Android SBA Uganda app. The SBA+ app offers pre-match and live betting, cash out and a host of other features. The main benefit of using the mobile app as opposed to the web-based platform is that it’s slightly and you can get exclusive promotions delivered by the push notifications feature.
How to Download the SBA Uganda App
The SBA app is not available in the Google Play store, so here’s how you download it.
SBA Uganda provides three easy-to-use payment methods for making deposits; they are:
To make a deposit using Airtel, all you have to do is.
The process for making MTN deposits to Sports Betting Africa is the same as outlined above for Airtel. The only difference is that you must select 'MTN' as your payment option.
For voucher deposits, simply:
You can withdraw your winnings by Airtel, MTN and Voucher. The procedure is similar to depositing. Full instructions are provided on the site to help guide you. No information is given as to the minimum and maximum withdrawal limits per transaction; therefore, we advised speaking to the customer support team for more details.
High-quality customer support is imperative for an online betting site. SBA Uganda ticks all the boxes in this area. First up, there’s a ‘Help Centre’ with questions and answers for a range of topics, including deposits, withdrawals, registration, and bonuses, among others.
You also speak to a customer service agent by:
There’s no shortage of bonuses and promotions up for grabs at SBA. They cover both sports betting and casino games. Below, we take a closer look at the main offers for new and existing customers.