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Memorial match held for teenage footballer Joshua Bwalya

PUBLISHED: 17:06 21 August 2017 | UPDATED: 17:21 21 August 2017

A football match between Barking FC u17s and Clapton FC u17s, held in memory of Barking player Joshua Bwalya, on August 20, 2017. (Picture: Catherine Davison)

A football match between Barking FC u17s and Clapton FC u17s, held in memory of Barking player Joshua Bwalya, on August 20, 2017. (Picture: Catherine Davison)

Catherine Davison

Barking FC hosted a special match in memory of a teenage footballer who was fatally stabbed in Barking.

The club’s under-17s took on their Clapton counterparts at Mayesbrook Park on Sunday afternoon to honour 16-year-old Joshua Bwalya.

Joshua, known to friends and teammates as ‘JB’, was attacked after a disturbance at a party in the Ripple Centre.

Police said he was ambushed by a group of balaclava-wearing youths on bicycles.

Joshua played for Clapton’s under-14 squad before transferring to Barking FC, where he joined the under-17s.

“He will be remembered for his respect, determination and above all his brilliant sense of humour,” said a statement on the Barking FC’s website.

Statements on the official Clapton website called him “a promising young player” who “has sadly been taken too soon.”

All proceeds from the game were donated to the Just Giving fund set up for the talented footballer.

To donate, visit justgiving.com/crowdfunding/karen-hithersay-1


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