Coach Winston honoured for commitment to the beautiful game

A local football coach will receive a major international award.

Winston Chung Fah is being honoured by the Fédération Internationale de Football Association with the FIFA Order of Merit. Football’s highest global honour is slated to be presented to Chung Fah at the 62nd FIFA Congress 24-25 May in Budapest, Hungary.

Cayman Islands Football Association Development Officer Marcos Tinoco spoke about Chung Fah’s selection for the award.

“FIFA is giving a lifetime achievement award to coach Winston,” Tinoco said. “Every year, they award an order of merit. This year they will accept coach Winston as an honouree at their congress in Hungary.

“Coach Winston is in the US now as he is not doing too good with his health. He is in Miami in recovery but I understand he will make the trip to Hungary to receive the award.”

Chung Fah, 72, is originally from Clarendon, Jamaica and had a major impact on the sport there; coaching at the grassroots and national levels with a stint as technical director of the Jamaica Football Federation. He also coached in the US.

He spent over 15 years in Cayman, once serving as the football association’s technical director. He also worked often with Academy Sports Club, helping young footballers go off to the US.

His health has been in rapid decline over the last three years. Hearing loss, gout, ulcers and arthritis have been compounded with kidney infections, diabetes, heart and knee problems.

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