Akwa United FC have unveiled Rafael Everton, Brazilian and former coach of FC Ifeanyiuba of Nnewi, as the new coach of the club.
Everton, who signed a year’s contract at the club, replaced Abdul Maikaba, who has since been hooked by Plateau United.
The Club chairman and Senior Special Assistant to Gov. Udom Emmanuel on Sports, Mr Paul Bassey told newsmen at the unveiling ceremony in Uyo on Monday that Everton fitted into the plans and vision of the club.
“We needed a foreign coach with a lot of Nigerian experience, we also eliminated as I said earlier some coaches in Nigeria for certain reasons before we settled for coach Everton,” Bassey said.
He commended the former coach, Maikaba for the excellent job he did by introducing a new playing philosophy and making the team a brand within his two years stay with the “Promise Keepers”.
Bassey solicited the support of stakeholders for the new coach and commended the media for their role in making the team better.
On his part, Everton promised to continue with the Brazilian brand of football he inherited in the club, adding that he would fully utilise the present crop of players in the club before deciding on whether there could be new additions.
Akwa United FC finished second in the 2017/2018 NPFL season which was concluded prematurely, behind eventual winners Lobi Stars of Makurdi.