BREAKING NEWS: Rafael Everton agrees new VFC contract to the end of 2021

VANDREZZER FC announces that current first-team head coach, Rafael Everton Lira has committed to the Lions of Naija for another one year.  

The Brazilian tactician who joined VANDREZZER FC in 2019 has signed a new contract and is tied to the club until late 2021. 

The Gaffer who was earlier linked to several other Nigerian Premier Football League Clubs explained his determination to remain with the Club and be part of her success. He expressed his commitment and  willingness to support the club to build something exceptional as they pursue the club promotion to the Nigerian Premier Football League.  

The Brazilian said: ′′Today I renew my cycle at a club that has provided me with an extraordinary opportunity in my career. After a year of work today I renew my contract with this great club, I still have the same focus as I entered in 2019 and even more willing to win titles. 

“In these 12 months of professional technical command, I have committed day after day to the process of building a team, introduction and affirmation of a game model and to manage a group of true warriors, loyal and character men. With a work that has always been focused on football concepts and life values, together we are achieving the results and goals set: the rank of premier league and to highlight a club which potrays much more than the game, but also a lifestyle. Surely titles will come because the club is a champion club." he affirmed.  

"I thank the President for trusting my work, the Board for providing me with all the resources so that we can execute a beautiful work. In such a difficult time of the COVID-19 pandemic, trusting and giving me a new contract is such an honour. I also thank the group of players for their hardwork and full commitment to the ideas proposed. To all other club officials, thank you for the dedication to the course that has seen Vandrezzer FC reach modest heights even in just one year of existence.  

“And to the fans, who are the heart and soul of the club, thank you, for everything you do and are doing, you guys make all the difference” he added. 

“I start this cycle with the certainty that I will do my best always, and I'm sure we will have many joys together! 

Thank you everyone!” 

Speaking on his readiness for the 2020/2021 league season, Everton assured the fans that in line with the Vandrezzer FC belief in constant improvement, he took additional coaching and people management courses during the Global lockdown induced by the Covid-19 and he is adequately resourced for the work ahead. 

Speaking on the Contract extension, Vandrezzer FC’s Chief Operations Officer, Mr Kingsley Ogbonna stated, “From the moment I met Everton, I was convinced he had what it takes to lead the club forward on the pitch and off the pitch. He has an elite mindset and that is exactly what we need at this time. He has shown character and competence in the short while he has managed the squad. Unfortunately, the truncation of the 2019/2020 league season did not allow us achieve the goals we had collectively set out and so for this reason, and the fact that we still trust on his ability to deliver, we offered and he accepted a one-year contract extension" 

Before the lockdown which was caused by the COVID-19 global pandemic and the subsequent cancellation of the 2019/2020 NNL season, Everton led the Lions to three games winning two games against Bayelsa FC and Joy Cometh FC. 

Everton who was once a footballer,  played with Fluminense Football Club as well as Sport Club do Recife both in Brazil. He also made history as the youngest club manager to win the Federation cup in Nigeria at the age of 27 during his stint as Manager of Ifeanyi Ubah FC. 

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