Wednesday 24 July, 2019

Jamaica football legend Winston Chung-Fah is dead

Winston Chung-Fah.

Winston Chung-Fah.

Former national football coach and Technical Director Winston Chung-Fah is dead.

It is understood that Chung-Fah, who has been ailing for some time, died on Thursday in a Florida hospital. He was 78.

Chung-Fah, a long time South Florida resident, was the recipient of a national award, the Order of Distinction (OD) in the rank of Commander Class in 2013 for outstanding contribution to the development of Jamaica's football programme.

Chung-Fah was presented with the national award some 17 months after he received the FIFA Order of Merit at the opening of the 62nd FIFA Congress in Budapest, Hungary on May 24, 2012.

Chung-Fah was born in Clarendon.  In 1964, Chung-Fah founded  Santos Football Club, which expanded opportunities to underprivileged inner-city players.

Chung-Fah coached at Vere Technical for four years, helping the team to win the DaCosta Cup and the Olivier Shield titles. He also coached at Clarendon College, moulding one of Jamaica's greatest schoolboy teams. Clarendon College won both DaCosta Cup and Olivier Shield in 1977 and 1978.

Chung-Fah became technical director for the Cayman Islands Football Association in 1989. In 1991 he returned to Jamaica, serving as the Jamaica Football Federation’s technical director for two years and leading the national team to the Shell Caribbean Cup.

Chung-Fah returned to the Cayman Islands in 1996, first as technical director at Scholars Sports Club, and two years later at the Academy Sports Club, where his youth sides won several national titles.

Chung-Fah’s death has hit the Jamaican football community hard.

“Chungy certainly must be listed as one Jamaica’s legends as it relates to the sport of football,” said JFF President Michael Ricketts.

“I was very connected to that famous Clarendon College team of 1977 and I think that team would have been one of the best schoolboy football teams that have ever been assembled.

“Chungy would have brought so much joy as a historian. We are deeply saddened by the loss of a great human being and I want to extend personally and on behalf of the JFF our condolences to the family members and close friends of Winston Chung-Fah.”

Andrew Price, the Assistant Coach of the Reggae Girlz also expressed his sorrow on social media.

“It is with regret that I learnt of the passing of Winston Chung-Fah today. He was a mentor and father to me. One of the great football minds that this country has ever produced,” Price said.

Lenworth Hyde, who played for Chung-Fah on that history-making Clarendon College side, said Chung Fah taught him everything he knew about life and football.

"I just got the news from a friend. I am at training at Clarendon College where he helped us win the DaCosta Cup and the Olivier Shield in '77. He will be sadly missed," said Hyde, who now coaches at the high school he helped make famous four decades ago.

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