Chung-Fah re­mem­bered as ‘leg­end’ and ‘icon’

The Star (Jamaica) - - SPORTS THE WEEKEND STAR - RACHID PARCH­MENT Sports News Co­or­di­na­tor

For­mer na­tional tech­ni­cal di­rec­tor and se­nior men’s foot­ball team coach Win­ston ‘Chungy’ Chung-Fah has passed.

Chung-Fah had been ail­ing for a num­ber of years and died at his home in The Cay­man Is­lands.

With no­table play­ers such as Len­worth ‘Teacha’ Hyde and Den­nis ‘Den Den’ Hutchin­son among its ranks, Chung-Fah as­sem­bled a Claren­don Col­lege team, which won the da­Costa Cup and the Olivier Shield in 1977 and in 1978. This team is re­garded by many to have been one of the great­est school­boy foot­ball teams in Ja­maica’s his­tory.

Ja­maica Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion (JFF) pres­i­dent and for­mer Claren­don Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent, Michael Rick­etts, de­scribes ChungFah as a leg­end and icon of Ja­maican foot­ball.

“Chungy would have con­trib­uted so sig­nif­i­cantly to the sport of foot­ball and would have touched the lives of so many play­ers from way back in the early 70s un­til he ac­tu­ally mi­grated,” Rick­etts told STAR Sports. “Chungy was such an in­spi­ra­tion, not just to the play­ers that he coached, but to ev­ery per­son who had a foot­balling dis­cus­sion with him. I re­mem­ber go­ing to Cay­man some years ago with a Claren­don team and Chungy vis­ited us at the ho­tel. He sat in the room with ev­ery sin­gle player and staff mem­ber and held us spell­bound un­til 4 a.m. just talk­ing to us about foot­ball.

FOOT­BALL LEG­END

“I want to per­son­ally, and on be­half of the JFF, of­fer my sin­cer­est con­do­lences to the fam­ily mem­bers and to close friends of Win­ston Chung-Fah.”

Chung-Fah was also one of the founders of San­tos Foot­ball Club, named af­ter the Brazil­ian club with foot­ball leg­end Pele, his favourite player, rep­re­sented in Brazil.

San­tos head coach Carl­ton ‘Span­ner’ Den­nis de­scribes Chung-Fah as be­ing one of his men­tors in life.

“Chung-Fah is some­body who taught me a lot so, most nat­u­rally, I’m very dis­traught be­cause this was a man I looked up to,” Den­nis said. “We had our dif­fer­ences but re­spect is re­spect, and I re­spected him.

“I re­mem­ber when we were young and he had the In­ter­na­tional Restau­rant, on Barry Street (in down­town Kingston), all of us would go there and him fa­ther would say: ‘Bwoy, you gwine give away the restau­rant’. Wi could have wi lunch (free) ah day­time un­til wi could buy it. So he was part of our life and that’s why I am keep­ing this club go­ing be­cause peo­ple like him and Jackie Bell have done won­ders for my life. So I have to give back some­thing. I owe it all to both of them.”

Chung-Fah re­ceived the na­tional Or­der of Dis­tinc­tion, Com­man­der Class, in 2013 and also FIFA’s Or­der of Merit. He was 78 years old.

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