Jamaican sports minister lauds late legendary coach

By November 08, 2018
Chung Fah and his wife Barbara Chung Fah and his wife Barbara

Jamaica’s sports minister Olivia Grange has lauded the late Winston Chung Fah as one of the best ever to serve the region.

Chung Fah died on Thursday in hospital in Florida sending shockwaves throughout the Jamaican football fraternity.

“He was undoubtedly among the best football coaches to have emerged from Jamaica but he was more than that to football in Jamaica, the Cayman Islands and Florida in the United States,” Minister Grange said on receiving word that the founder of the Santos Football Club had passed.

“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.

“Chungie was one of the founders of the early football clubs in Jamaica, the famous Santos FC but 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.

The Sports Minister said that Chungie 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.”

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