Mark Bikokwa Baraza is just one of the more familiar faces that have climbed up a ladder from the FKF Premier League and will be expected to light up the Kenyan Premier League in the upcoming season.
Blessed with pace and skill, the forward starred for Nzoia United last season, scoring 15 goals. A national team call-up was soon handed to him and although he never got a chance to play, he had done just enough to catch the eyes of topflight clubs.
Ulinzi Stars confirmed Bikokwa’s signing in mid January, handing him a one-year contract. The Soldiers finished the 2015 season in second place but were third best in terms of goals scored behind champions Gor Mahia and Tusker FC.
John Mark Makwatta scored 14 of the club’s 41-goal return with no other player managing double figures (Oscar Wamalwa was second with five goals). Bikokwa knows only too well that his task will be to ease the goalscoring burden that fell on Makwatta last season.
“I was brought in here to score goals and that is exactly what I want to achieve. I know of the expectations and I will work hard not to disappoint,” he told the club’s website.
“Ulinzi is a big team and when they came calling, I couldn’t say no. They are one of the best teams in the country and as a player, you always want to play for the top teams. It is a big challenge for me but I am ready for it,” he added.
Makwatta and his teammates will shift their pre-season training from Lanet in Nakuru to Mombasa ahead of their opening match against Sony Sugar on February 13.
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