Jamaica football legend Winston Chung Fah dead at 78

By November 08, 2018

Winston Chung Fah, a man considered a legend of Jamaica’s football, died on Thursday at the age of 78.

Chung Fah, who founded the Santos Football Club in Jamaica in the 1960s and who was coach of the legendary 1977 Clarendon College football team, considered one of the best ever school teams in the country's history, had been ailing for years.

He suffered from diabetes, kidney infections, heart problems, gout, ulcers and arthritis, eventually his ailments in hospital in Florida.

Despite the many ailments, his 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 who had just heard the news on Thursday when he spoke with SportsMax.TV.

“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 Girls 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.

“He loved his country and the sport passionately. Former National Coach, Technical Director of both Jamaica and Cayman. Coach of Santos and Clarendon College. Chef, driver, orator and comedian, Nava would always make you laugh with his infectious smile. Condolences to his entire family.”

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.

"I learned a lot from him. He was a father to me. He was one of those coaches who knew your family. He would visit your home. After training, he would come by and sit with your family. He was always there for us. He was more than a coach, he was also a teacher. Everything that I know about football and life, in general, I learned from him."

For his contribution to Jamaica's football, Chung Fah was conferred with Jamaica's Order of Distinction in 2013.

 

 

 

 

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