Coronavirus: East African gambling sales down 99% Celestine Karoney and Piers Edwards, The New Vision · April 1, 2020 at 6:29 pm Betting in East Africa has been decimated by the coronavirus outbreak. The gambling sector in East Africa is in a “total mess” following the collapse of global sport in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, a Ugandan betting company has said. Betting markets have dramatically shrunk in light of the suspension of the world’s leading football leagues, which have left little for people to gamble on. But in east Africa, the market has been particularly hard-hit because few in the region bet online. “In terms of sales, we’ve lost about 99% because most of our people are not too much into online betting,” Ivan Kalanzi, a brand ambassador for GAL Sport Betting website, told BBC Sport Africa.