Brazilian coach Everton seals Akwa Utd deal, says move a new challenge

By Promise Etim

Brazilian coach Rafael Everton has completed his move to Uyo-based NPFL side Akwa United.

The former FC Ifeanyiubah handler signed a one-year deal and was presented to fans at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium on Monday.

Everton in a chat with npfl.ng, after the ceremony, said he joined the ‘Promise Keepers’, based on the club’s antecedent, and believes the club have the necessary resources needed to aid his job, in what he termed “a new challenge.”

“I have everything needed to succeed as a coach with the club. I like the challenge. It is a new challenge. I love Nigeria and for me, it’s like a second home. I believe I will have a great time here with the club (Akwa United).

“The club has the pedigree and style which everyone admires. The team plays possessive football and I am used to a 3-5-2 formation, but I will start here with a 4-3-3 formation.

“I am very happy the deal is done and we have to get to work immediately. The league will start in less than a month, and we must prepare the team. I will work in harmony with the coaches I have met on ground,” he said.

Everton is also braced for the task at Akwa United and is ready to adjust to the environment, citing his stint with FC Ifeanyiubah as an opportunity to learn about the game in Nigeria.

Everton had a very brief stint with Abia Warriors before the club pulled the plug on his deal. He previously played for Fluminense and Sport Club do Recife of Brazil.

On retirement from active football, Everton settled for a coaching course. He was classmate of Athletico Madrid coach, Diego Simeone.

Everton is the youngest coach to have won the Federation Cup in Nigeria at age 27.