Patrick Daka

Patrick Daka

Assistant Coach

Patrick Daka has 17 years of professional playing experience, as well as considerable expertise in coaching both men and women, with teams making strong showings in nationally ranked tournaments.

Daka started his career in his native Zimbabwe, playing for several teams, including two teams in the Zimbabwe Premiership League. He then signed with F.C. Hessen Kassel in Germany and played two seasons with them before returning home to play for three teams in the Zimbabwe Premiership League. He also has extensive international experience, playing on the Zimbabwe Under 17, Under 23 and Senior National Teams.

Daka moved to the United States in 2000, playing college soccer at Corban University in Salem, Oregon, where he received many honors, including NAIA All-American, College Male Athlete of the Year, NAIA National Championship Most Outstanding Offensive Player and All-Conference Honors. During his college years, he also played with Cascade Surge in the USL Premier Development League.

He signed with the Charlotte Eagles in 2004 and played more than 100 games with the team before serving as assistant coach. Daka is currently the head coach for Charlotte Soccer Academy’s youth teams, as well as technical director, working with players to improve technical skills, speed and strength.

Daka is committed to using soccer as a tool to enhance the lives of poor children in Zimbabwe, and founded the Friendship Foundation for Zimbabwe. The Charlotte-based organization provides growth and leadership opportunities to young adults in Zimbabwean communities while giving American students and players the opportunity to learn while participating in philanthropy. He and his wife, Blessed, have two sons.