Everton who previously coached FC Ifeanyi Ubah and Abia Warriors before securing a two year contract with Akwa United recently began the work of drilling of his new players to suit his own philosophy with the 2018-19 season almost at hand.
The Promise Keepers have played two friendly games against Heartland and Abia Warriors and Everton in a chat said that he is pleased with the way his players have responded to the training sessions he has conducted and how they have performed in the practice games they have had thus far.
The Brazilian asserted that he is certain that his players will be all set for the start of the season with the strides they have made thus far in the build-up exercises they have had and that he is doing his best to ensure that he raises a team that will be equipped to compete for honours in the league and in the Federation Cup.
“I can say that the team is taking shape and we are progressing well with the rest of our preparations because the players have given me reasons to be happy,” Everton told Goal.
“We have trained for more than two weeks now and I can say that I have known the players better now and they are also getting familiar with my philosophy. We have played two friendly games and have won one and lost the other. We will train more together and play a few more games too to know how far we have progressed.
“I am sure that we are ready for the start of the season. We have the players with which to have a good season and what is remaining is just for us to blend together and play more as a team. Akwa United have what it takes to be among the top three again.”
Everton won the Federation Cup title with FC Ifeanyi Ubah in 2016 and also had a brief stint with Abia Warriors last season but he was relieved of his duty post before the start of the season after he allegedly failed to report from his break to his native country on time.