Thursday 21 March, 2019

Grange pays tribute to Chung-Fah

Sport Minister Olivia Grange.

Sport Minister Olivia Grange.

Sport Minister Olivia Grange has described former technical director Winston Chung-Fah as “undoubtedly among the best football coaches to have emerged from Jamaica”

According to the Minister, Chung-Fah who died in a Florida hospital on Thursday, was in fact “more than that to football in Jamaica, the Cayman Islands and (the US state of) Florida."

Grange recalled that Chung-Fah was lovingly referred to in football circles and beyond as ‘Chungie’.

“Chungie leaves behind a glittering list of accomplishments in the sport of football. So much so that football’s world governing body, FIFA honoured him with its award of Order of Merit, Grange said in a statement on Thursday.

She noted that he was one of the founders of the early football clubs in Jamaica, the famous Santos FC, which he established in 1964 and that he was also one of the major contributors to the development of schoolboy football in Jamaica.

“Who can forget the all-conquering DaCosta Cup team of Clarendon College of 1977, coached by Winston Chung-Fah? There is no doubt the Clarendon team, which included players such as present day top coach Lenworth Hyde, numbers among the best ever schoolboy teams in Jamaica,” Grange said.

According to Grange, Chung-Fah paid his dues to the national team with his stint as technical director and then went to assist football in the Cayman Islands and in the state of Florida in the United States.

 “For me, he was an affable man who seemingly loved laughter as much as he did football. He will be sorely missed and as I express my sympathy on behalf of the nation to his wife Barbara and children, Sharon, Michelle and Tisha, I pray that his soul will find eternal peace.

“Your contributions, Chungie, made you a giant in the sport of football inside and outside of Jamaica,” said Grange.

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