Vandrezzer Football Club head coach, Rafael Everton says he played football professionally in Brazil for seven years before injury ended his playing career, which pushed him into coaching.
In an interview with the club’s official website, Everton said he made the decision to come to Nigeria after successfully completing his coaching badge and coached in Brazil.
“I played professional football for seven years and had a very serious injury, when I had the injury, I started thinking about what I will do if I cannot play football again.
“The club I played for made me a proposal to become a coach with the team, I thought about it and accepted the proposal, I got my badge as a coach and started coaching in Brazil.
“When I started working as a coach, I did very well in Brazil, I decided to come to Nigeria and the first year I won a trophy (Federation Cup with FC Ifeanyi Ubah), we finished in a respectable position in the league.”
The former Akwa United coach said he has a dream of managing top clubs in Europe but is very focus on making Vandrezzer FC a force to reckon with in Nigeria and Africa.
“I have plans in my career, I work for it, I keep pushing myself by attending different coaching courses which will help my life and career. I have a dream of working for big clubs in Europe later in my coaching career. But my target now is Vandrezzer FC, to make the team great and become the biggest team in Nigeria and Africa.”
The 31-year old also reveals that he comes from a football family, with his father and grandfather having played football professionally before him.
“To become a coach was not difficult for me because I come from a football family, all my life is inside football, my grandfather and father were footballers.”
Rafael Everton has managed three clubs in Nigeria having arrived in the country in 2016. He won the Federations Cup with FC Ifeanyiubah in 2016, becoming the youngest club manager to win the trophy in Nigeria.
He took Akwa United to the Super Six last season and is now with NNL side, Vandrezzer FC.
He has taken mercurial Brazilian midfielder, Alberico Da Silva with him to all the teams he has managed in Nigeria, having grown up with the Recife-born playmaker.
“We have worked together for a long time. In football, many coaches have players they trust, the clubs I work in Nigeria, Alberico works with me, its about trust, hard work, and confidence.
“Alberico and I grew up together, when I used to play football, he was always my opponent. When I left Brazil for Nigeria, I brought him with me, he did very well and understands the Nigerian football, that is why I go with him to all the clubs have been with.
“He is a natural left-footer and a great number 10, we have great players in Nigeria but there are not many special talents to play the attacking midfield role. I have a philosophy, Alberico understands my philosophy, we have a relationship like brothers, on the pitch he will do a good job for me and help the team. I have confidence in him because I know he is a very good player.”
Coach Rafael Everton is currently in Brazil with his family following the suspension of sporting activities in Nigeria due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Vandrezzer FC currently sits third on the NNL table, with two wins from three matches with two outstanding matches.
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