Nigeria Premier League club, Akwa United has signed Brazilian coach Rafael Everton on a one-year deal ahead of the 2018-2019 NPFL season set to kick off December 1.
The Uyo-based club who were eliminated from the CAF Confederations Cup playoff unveiled the former FC Ifeanyiubah gaffer on Monday and was presented to the football supporters at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium.
The Promise Keepers’ former manager, Abdul Maikaba left the club to join Plateau United after guiding them to reach the quarter-final of the 2018 AITEO Cup.
Everton after signing the dotted line chatted with npfl.ng, were he doled out his plans for the team as he hopes to guide them to their rightful place in the Nigeria Premier League next season.
He said, “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 Ifeanyi Ubah 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 Sports Club do Recife of Brazil.
On retirement from active football, Everton settled for a coaching course. He was a classmate of Athletico Madrid coach, Diego Simeone.
Everton is the youngest coach to have won the Federation Cup in Nigeria at age 27.