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NIAGARA FC Announces OPDL U13 Girls Head Coach and 2022 OPDL Head Coach Lineup!

By Christina Stranges, 10/18/21, 6:45PM EDT

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NFSC – NIAGARA FC OPDL would like to welcome PATRICK HABA to the 2022 OPDL season as our U13 Girls Head Coach.

Patrick was born in Conakry, Guinea and moved to Canada in 2019.  Since moving to Canada, he has created a home here in Niagara and has been looking to build his soccer repertoire.   Patrick has been with the Niagara Falls Soccer Club since moving to Canada from Italy, and he has been fully immersed ever since he arrived here, in playing, assisting, and Coaching with our NFSC programs.

Patrick’s playing career has been quite extensive and a big part of his life.  Although he played as a child, his soccer career began in 1991 in Africa with FC Nowadhibou (Ligue 1 Mauritania), and spans through various countries over the years such as Germany (TuS Fleestedt (Landesliga), FC St Pauli (Bundesliga)), France (Montrouge FC 92 (CFA)), and Italy (AS Subiaco, AS Motecchio, Acilia Calcio, FAO Tea, Striscia La Notizia). 

Most noted is when he was on loan to US Latina (Serie B – 2002) while he played in Subiaco, Lazio, Italy with AS Vis Subiaco.

His coaching career started in 2006 at John Cabot University in Rome, Italy, and continued at Michele Magone (Salesiani Portici) until 2018. Throughout that span, he also coached a U10 team in Paris, France, and various teams in Milan.

To read more about Coach Patrick, visit our Coaches page on our NIAGARA FC Tech Staff and Coaches page.

Assisting Patrick on the bench in the 2022 season will be Lucy Continelli.  Lucy is also a well-established Soccer Coach of the Niagara Region and will be a great asset to the U13 Girls Coaching staff!

In addition to our recently announced U13 Boys Head Coach, Sam Blakeley, we are thrilled to be officially welcoming back the following Head Coaches for next year's season who will continue to grow and develop the players on the 2022 OPDL teams!  

U14 Girls - Joe Lamberti

U14 Boys - Jessica Danku

U17 Girls - Lucio Ianiero

U17 Boys - Carlos Rivas Sr.

Having successfully navigated through NIAGARA FC's first year in the OPDL league, we are confident that we have a solid Coaches lineup moving forward and a great start to what lies ahead for the players of the Niagara Region!

GO NIAGARA FC GO!!