Memorial match held for teenage footballer Joshua Bwalya
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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.”
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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