BULAWAYO – International money transfer agency Mukuru, which was founded by Zimbabwean Rob Burrell, will become a sleeve sponsor for English Premier League club Crystal Palace for the 2022/23 season, the club announced on Wednesday.
Founded in 2004, the UK-headquartered company is now one of the largest money transfer providers in Africa with more than 10 million customers.
Andy Jury, CEO of Mukuru, said: “Mukuru is a business that puts the customer at the centre of everything we do. Our essence and passion lie in helping to solve problems for Africa’s emerging consumers through financial inclusion and uniting people across the world. This passion drives the way we do business, the way we communicate with our customers and the way we choose partnerships.
“Soccer is the most supported sport on the African continent, uniting people globally, and our customers identified Crystal Palace as one of the teams they support.
“A team with several African players and an iconic coach with strong African heritage in Patrick Viera who our Mukuru customers look up to and resonate with. We are excited to be associated with Crystal Palace, a well-respected and prestigious Premier League team. The sponsorship places Mukuru on an international stage, further entrenching our global presence, operating in over 50 countries around the world.”
Barry Webber, Palace’s commercial director, added: “This is a really exciting partnership for Crystal Palace, and we’re thrilled to welcome Mukuru on board.
“As a club, we are incredibly proud of our links with the African continent, which were encapsulated by midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate winning the African Cup of Nations earlier this year. This partnership will help us to continue to expand our international fanbase, and Mukuru join us at a fantastically exciting time for the club, both on the pitch and off of it.”