Ulinzi Stars forward Mark Bikokwa has expressed his delight after helping the Kenya Defense Forces outfit edge Wazito FC 2-1 in a tight FKF Premier League tie played on Wednesday.

The former Nzoia Sugar FC striker and Bukembe Boys alumnus scored his first league goal for the Nakuru-based side before playing a part in the second for the former champions.

Bikokwa’s stellar display in the midweek top tier league clash saw him voted man of the match after inspiring the soldiers to a vital victory against Francis Kimanzi’s charges.

Bikokwa has expressed optimism in the remaining part of the season after a long break from football occasioned by military training.

The 26-year-old forward admitted that it has been a rough ride for the last three years without finding the back of the net.

“It has not been easy at a personal level. What defines a striker is goals and lack of goals has been disturbing me. I have been working hard in training. Sometimes I get the chance to play and other times I did not, but never gave up,” Bikokwa said.

The Bungoma native ace is aiming to score at least five goals in the remaining eight matches to the conclusion of the current campaign to see Dunstan Nyaudo’s men secure a top eight spot in the table standings at the end.

“I know more will come after this game and in the remaining eight games, I know I can get four or five games,” Bikokwa added.

The man who sharpened his edge under the tutelage of his former high school coach David Kalamu further revealed that since moving to the military outfit in 2017, he has never gained a first team call up for three games on trot.

” I thank my teammates and the entire technical bench for the trust in me. In my time at Ulinzi, I have never started three consecutive games. In football, you grow by playing, and if you’re not playing it gets so hard at times but everyone at Ulinzi has trusted me. We will work as a team to achieve our end goal at the end of the season, ” Bikokwa told  the club’s website.