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.
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