AS Roma has announced that Chipper will be the club’s official Money Transfer Platform for Africa. The announcement signals the start of the club’s first commercial partnership in Africa and is grounded in both parties’ commitment to advancing football on the continent.
The partnership kicks off with a powerful community impact project between Chipper and AS Roma, who are making special edition AS Roma x Chipper footballs. The balls are handmade in Nairobi, Kenya and designed specifically for the type of pitches football is played on in the region, lasting 8x longer than standard synthetic balls. The balls will be distributed to grassroots programs in communities facing disadvantage in Kenya, Ghana, Uganda, Nigeria, and South Africa, as well as through AS Roma’s youth partners in Nigeria.
“We are delighted to welcome Chipper into the AS Roma family,” said Giorgio Brambilla, Commercial Director at AS Roma. “We have been greatly impressed by what Chipper has already achieved with 3 million users on their app in such a short space of time. With their technology and financial solutions and their ambitious plans for the future, we are excited to be a part of their journey.”
Chipper was founded by two African entrepreneurs – Ham Serunjogi and Maijid Moujaled – and currently operates with a global workforce, in seven countries on the continent. Chipper provides financial services that allow its users to move their money freely at home, across the continent and around the world.
Inspired by the Chipper’s mission to “chip away” at the financial challenges facing the region, AS Roma and Chipper have utilized their respective expertise to design a set of drills which incorporates financial education with football training. This fun, educational, and creative set of drills will not only be given out with each football but it will be made available for free to everyone.
The special edition Chipper x AS Roma balls are being made in partnership with Alive and Kicking, the world’s only not-for-profit ball manufacturer and the only formal ball producer on the African continent.
At the 2018 World Cup, with Italy having failed the qualify for the tournament, Roma famously lent its support to Nigeria’s national team, the Super Eagles, before becoming the first football club in the world to launch dedicated social media accounts in both Pidgin and Swahili, both of which will now be presented by Chipper.
“Our mission at Chipper is to unlock opportunities and bring Africa together, one transaction at a time,” says Hasan Luongo, Vice President of Growth at Chipper. “At Chipper, we wanted a partner that shared our vision for unlocking opportunities and developing football in Africa and, in AS Roma, we have found the perfect fit. Partnering with AS Roma provides a unique opportunity to both celebrate and support AS Roma and the continent’s unmatched passion for the game of football.”