Johnstone Bwalya now looks mentally ill and stranded in Switzerland
FORMER KK1 and Zambian football legend Johnstone Bwalya aka ‘One Man Commando’ has been unwell since 2016. He is sick, probably even mentally ill. He is homeless and has no documentation of any sort in Switzerland.

Home affairs Minister Stephen Kampyongo went to Switzerland to get him but couldn’t manage because he has no papers not even a Zambian Passport.

Sources have told that they made a passport for him from here but the years differed and it couldn’t work. Kampyongo is organizing a correct passport for him to be brought back to Zambia.

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Bwalya many believed was an accountant in Switzerland but this will shock many. Even his young brother Claude Bwalya now at Choma Eagles has no communication with the man.

Kampyongo and Kalusha Bwalya are working around the clock to get him back to Zambia.

Johnson Bwalya (born 3 December 1967) is a Zambian former footballer. He played for the Zambian national team and represented the country at the Olympics.
Born in Mufulira, Bwalya attended Kantanshi Secondary school and began his career at hometown club Butondo Western Tigers. In 1986, he joined Mufulira Wanderers, winning Footballer of the Year in his first season at the club. At the end of the season he signed for Swiss club FC Fribourg.

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He later played for FC Zürich, FC Bulle, SC Kriens and FC Sion.

Bwalya made his debut for Zambia in April 1987 in an All Africa Games qualifier against Malawi in Lusaka and was part of the Zambian team that qualified to the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games. He scored a goal in Zambia’s 4-0 win against Italy on their way to becoming the first African team to reach the quarter-finals of the tournament.

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  1. i am shocked to read this news about Johnstone. My heart kept on urging to go on the internet and search news about him since I had not heard anything about him since he was expelled from camp by Bukhard Siza or whatever that coach’s name was in 1998. I am however, glad to hear that our Minister of Home Affairs, Hon. Kampyongo and Kalusha who was Johnstone’s friend during their illustrious football careers are making efforts to get our brother back home. We should not let our own rot in foreign lands. The lesson is that we need to keep a tab on all our people who are abroad and those who are abroad should always keep communication channels with us back home open. Thank you.


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