A man many call an instrumental force in Cayman Islands football development has died.
Jamaican football legend Winston Chung-Fah died Thursday (8 November) in a Florida hospital, several local coaches confirmed with Cayman 27. He was 78 years old.
“He was my mentor, and my friend,” Cayman Athletic Technical Director Gillie Seymour said. “He started me in my coaching career. I owe him a lot. He was instrumental in getting a lot of players into college in the United States. A lot of players in the Cayman Islands have a lot to thank him for.”
The man known as ‘Nava’ was the former Technical Director for both the Cayman Islands Football Association (CIFA) and the Jamaican Football Federation (JFF). Chung-Fah coached both Cayman’s senior and junior national teams.
Academy Sports Club Head of Youth Development Paul Byles says Chung-Fah has left an indelible mark on the sport in the Cayman Islands, playing key roles at the club level for both Academy and Scholars International.
“He founded Academy Sports Club and laid the foundation for many young players to excel not only on the football pitch but in their academic, personal and professional lives,” Byles said.
Scholars President Cline Glidden told Cayman 27 Chung-Fah “was a very loved and respected coach that made a significant contribution to our club and to the sport in Cayman and the region.”
CIFA President Alfredo Whittaker echoed the impact of Chung’s off the field contributions.
“Mr. Winston Chung was an inspiration to many, and like a father to several of the young men and women in football in the Cayman Islands over the past four decades,” Whittaker said. “The Cayman Islands owes a debt of gratitude to Mr. Winston Chung. May he rest in peace.”
Byles added he, like many in Cayman, will forever be indebted to a man that gave so much to football in the Cayman Islands.
“It’s sad to say goodbye, but we join everyone in our community in thanking Coach Chung for his invaluable service.”