Rafael Everton announced he has parted company with Akwa United a month after he was suspended by the club.
The 30 year-old Brazilian who was appointed by Akwa United at the beginning of the 2018/2019 NPFL season.
However, despite a stellar run in the abridged 2019 NPFL regular season, he was asked to step aside by the Club hierarchy during the Super 6 playoffs hours before the game against Enyimba.
In the statement published in his official social media page, Everton questioned the rationale behind his suspension and blamed the club’s top Brass for derailing Akwa United’s bid for a CAF Club competition ticket.
The statement read:
We declare our immense sadness, on the lack of professionalism and great confusion on the decisions of the Director (Chairman). He tried severally to interfere in the Coaches job. Before finishing the Group stage, the Coach tried to resign, but we’re persuaded not to go by the players. At the Super Six, Akwa United was unbeaten in 4 games and would have won the last game against Enyimba and become champions, if Pillars lost. The worst would have been coming out second. Hours before the match, the Coach received a letter telling him to stay away from the team and it’s activities. How does a club do that hours to an important match? What was the intention of the Club management?. From the suspension letter until the Coach left for Brazil, the club did not communicate with the Coach, only to receive a termination letter without paying the values agreed in the contract. So through this medium, we express our displeasure with the Management of Akwa United for its lack of professionalism.
He also took the time to express his gratitude with the people of Akwa Ibom state and the players for their support.