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Throwback Thursday – Johnstone Bwalya ‘One Man Commando’

Johnstone Bwalya in action;

10th April, 1993

Zambia v Zimbabwe

Independence Stadium 1993

Johnstone earned the name One Man Commando as a result taking on opponents without fear – Chisuta

Kasama Boy wrote –

Zambia 0 – 0 Zimbabwe was the score line. There was one more game after this before the team perished in Gabon.

We were shocked with the result, and Zimbabwe celebrated more than us the locals. We were also to celebrate after the reconstituted team went to Zimbabwe and pulled off a 1-1 draw with a classical Kalusha Bwalya header to qualify for that epic 1994, Tunisia AFCON.

THE UNDEFEATED GORO added –

I Remember johnstone bwalya in the game against congo brazavilla in the world cup qualify -996 he was the captain in that game he scored the crack of the goal in injury time the game ended 3 nil in favour of zambia

Isoka wrote about his hard shots –

I recall watching the All stars vs the rest @woodlands stadium just before Afcon 96 he scored a great belter of goal with his left foot I remember fans saying had it been his with right he might have bust the (insumbo) net cause the power he used too put behind the shots at goal maybe can only be compared to Ba Melu, enuff said Legend ONE MAN COMMANDO JOHNSTONE BWALYA .

Song wrapped it up below –

The instrumental role he played in the final qualifier for the 1988 Olympics against Ghana in Accra is worth remembering.With Zambia carrying a 2-0 advantage going into the second leg,Ghana opened the scores early in the sixteenth minute via a tony yeboah header.Kalusha and Musonda Charles were not available for this crunch tie due to club commitments(Ghana’s dangerman abedi Ayew was also not available for the same reasons).
Zambia were under sustained attack by a Ghana side who were looking for at least another goal which would take the match to penalties.
Jonstone’s ability to drop back and defend made a big difference to the team and Zambia held on to the 0-1 score line to qualify for the seoul Olympics. He was what many bloggers at Zamfoot would call a midget but his stamina and work rate compensated for his lack of height.






23 Comments to Throwback Thursday – Johnstone Bwalya ‘One Man Commando’

  1. paradox says:

    i expect zamfoot legends ie uncle bobs, big steve, ba zambia and ROk to give us depth of contribution towards the Name ya johnson bwalya

  2. Dynamite says:

    Johnstone bwalya in the game against Zimbabwe I don’t know what the final score was

  3. Anonymous says:

    Johnston bwalya zambia versus zimbabwe afcon 94 qualifier at indepence stadium final score nil nil

  4. Kasama Boy says:

    Zambia vs Zimbabwe Independence Stadium 1993, 0-0 was the score line. Just before the team perished.

    We were shocked with the result, and Zimbabwe celebrated more than us the locals. We were also to celebrate after the reconstituted team went to Zimbabwe and pulled off a 1-1 draw with a classical Kalusha Bwalya header to qualify for that epic 1994, Tunisia AFCON.

    The Zim game was a classic.
    Kapambwe Mulenga almost headed us into a draw but his beautiful and almost point blank header was saved my Bruce Grobbelaar, who tactcally moved back after leaving an open space for Gentile. Then Kalusha equalized, after a Gibby Mbasela defence splitting cross.

    In the final minute Gibby Mbasela dribbled the entire Zimbabwe defence including the Goalkeeper. His cross from the right wing rolled in front of the right hand side goal post right to the other goal post so slowly that it was very agonizing to just see it slowly roll to the left side of the pitch. We were all jumping up and down hoping a Zambian leg would materialize from somewhere and guide it in. Unfortunately Gibby had even dribbled his Zambian teammates into believing there were too many defenders after him and there was no way he could send in a cross from the right corner flag, after being so tightly policed. Come the cross did and that was the climax of that qualifying series. We drew in Zimbabwe and qualified.

    They still cry even now when they remember this game. it is one of the most blogged and most commented game in Zim still.

    • Chu says:

      Wow thus indepth. I see u as very matured at the time. I was too little to watch anything soccer. And I dont even know how the blackstars got to Tunisia 94

  5. Johnson Bwalya The man needs to be honoured

  6. Sparks Chimbwendembwende says:

    It is true. Our Zim Brothers had the likes of Madinda Ndhlovu, Peter Ndhlovu, Fani Ndhlovu, Agent Sawu, Bruce Grobbelaar, etc and it was a very sweet qualifying match. The Zim friends even tore our Flag to shreds!!!But Zed qualified and went on to mint Silver in Tunisia in 1994 AFCON.

  7. Off topic but still down the memory lane. Ken Mwape, Spider Chibala, Edwin Kanyanta, Michel Musonda, Chris Mtonga, Ronald Chinku, Alex Choila, Peter Kaumba, Bizwel Phiri, Wisdom Chansa, Lucky Msiska. Coach: Fred Mwila. Chairman: Auther Davis.
    Do you know that the Mwape family were mostly goalkeepers. Emmanuel,Steve, Ben, Ronald and Ken.
    Alex Chola, Ken Mwape, and Michel Musonda were close friends

    The coach Fred Mwila was a very disciplined caoch. He could physicaly remove a player if found drinking beer in a drinking place

  8. I Remember johnstone bwalya in the game against congo brazavilla in the world cup qualify -996 he was the captain in that game he scored the crack of the goal in injury time the game ended 3 nil in favour of zambia

  9. Is johnstone bwalya stil alive?if so were is he

  10. Johnson is alive while as far as FAZ is concernd he is dead

  11. isoka says:

    I recall watching the All stars vs the rest @woodlands stadium just before Afcon 96 he scored a great belter of goal with his left foot i remember fans saying had it been his with right he might have bust the (insumbo) net cause the power he used too put behind the shots at goal maybe can only be compared to Ba Melu, enuff said Legend ONE MAN COMMANDO JOHNSTONE BWALYA .

  12. chamz says:

    Where is Johnstone, what does he do? Where does he live

  13. SONG says:

    The instrumental role he played in the final qualifier for the 1988 Olympics against Ghana in Accra is worth remembering.With Zambia carrying a 2-0 advantage going into the second leg,Ghana opened the scores early in the sixteenth minute via a tony yeboah header.Kalusha and Musonda Charles were not available for this crunch tie due to club commitments(Ghana’s dangerman abedi Ayew was also not available for the same reasons).
    Zambia were under sustained attack by a Ghana side who were looking for at least another goal which would take the match to penalties.
    Jonstone’s ability to drop back and defend made a big difference to the team and Zambia held on to the 0-1 score line to qualify for the seoul Olympics. He was what many bloggers at Zamfoot would call a midget but his stamina and work rate compensated for his lack of height.

  14. chisuta says:

    the game against zim was, the last one at home 4 our perlished team. The name one man commandor came, as a result taking on opponets without fear

  15. Mambwe ZimaNdola says:

    Good comments frm the bloggers 2de feels nice reading them unlike the abram guy comments tht bore us.

  16. SKG 11 says:

    Refresh my memory someone but didn’t Kalusha and Johnstone score against Morocco in a vital qualifier at Independence stadium after the crash? If I am recalling correctly Johnston hammered an absolute bullet of a shot, with those muscular thighs, into the roof of the net!!!! God bless those guys.

  17. christonia says:

    Johnson his alive is a lawyer in swizland Europe

    • Anonymous says:

      Please help I am having a debate with my friend I am telling him that both Joel, Kalusha and Johnstone Bwalya all played against Zimbabwe in the 1-1 draw.

  18. Egwugwu says:

    Yes he is in Switzerland

  19. Uncle Bobs says:

    Belatedly, all has been said by the brilliant brains. Song the Ghana goal was scored by light skinned Mohammed Razak (not Yeboah). And that Zimbabwe Dream Team was headed for places drilled by German Later Reinhard Fabish with Late Benjamin Nkonjera a Charles Musonda play alike, Francis Shonayi (sp) in central defence and Mercedes Sibanda and Henry McKop as wing backs. I always feel bad that they had to come into Kalu’s path and we put paid to their dreams that turned sour.It will take

  20. Lay Back says:

    Two things anyone who watched the commando in those days will always remember is his work rate ‘havent. seen someone so determined in the recent past’, and obviously his thunderous shorts, sometimes we wondered if those legs where made of steel. that’s one hell of a guy to remember. Am happy he made the best out of his swiss outing.

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