Manuel ‘Tico-Tico’ Bucuane was presumably the best Mozambican player…

Manuel ‘Tico-Tico’ Bucuane was presumably the best Mozambican player to have graced the fields of South African football when the new century rolled over when he featured for Jomo Cosmos.

An armada footed forward who excited with stunts, flicks, body turns and spectacular objectives, Tico-Tico retired from the South Africa Premiership with a faultless record.

He was the primary outsider to score 106 objectives in the Premier Soccer League period during his profession at Cosmos, Orlando Pirates, SuperSport United and Maritzburg United.

Moreover, he captained Mozambique at three Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) versions that solidified TicoTico’s status as the delicate goliath of African football.

However, that the now 47-year-old legend played in South Africa involved incident thinking about that players from previous Portuguese provinces in African nations, for example, Mozambique, Equatorial Guinea and Angola lean toward Portugal as their fantasy objective.

In any case, a possibility meeting with Jomo Sono after Tico-Tico had played for the Mambas at the 1996 Afcon release held in South Africa convinced the Mozambican to suspect something.

“He persuaded me that I could make an incredible vocation in South Africa. I never contemplated it however he persuaded me to come and play football in South Africa and I did,” Tico-Tico revealed to Panafrican Football.

He appeared at the Afcon as a 19-year-old. He had recently gotten back to his youth club, Desportivo de Maputo, in the wake of expenditure six disappointing months simply preparing at Sporting Lisbon in Portugal.

Tico-Tico had joined Sporting Lisbon outside the global exchange window so he could just train prior to finishing his exchange from the Mozambican side, which wound up reviewing him to Maputo.

In Portugal, the climate and everything demonstrated a test for a youthful Tico-Tico.

“My get back demonstrated a triumph as we won the alliance title and a cup in 1995. This pulled in the consideration of another Portuguese group, Estrela da Amadora, which marked me. I played for them for a season,” he said.

It was around that time the striker went to Afcon held in South Africa where he met Sono.

Thinking back, Tico-Tico has no second thoughts that he acknowledged Sono’s encouragement to play in South Africa.

“I feel glad since it was at Cosmos where I accomplished a great deal in my profession and we won prizes. I had probably the best game in 2002 when we won the Coca-Cola Cup. In 2001, we lost 5-0 to Kaizer Chiefs in the last of the cup and in 2002, we beat them 1-0 and I scored the champ,” the Mozambican said.

Aside from playing for South African clubs, Tico-Tico likewise had stretches with groups in the United States and China.

Presently matured 47, Tico-Tico is back home wanting to reward his nation.

Not at all like previous footballers who advance into mentors, Tico-Tico has picked an alternate way.

He accepts his future in football lies outside the field of play and instructing is absolutely not among his alternatives.

It was with regards to his way that he contended in the official political race for Mozambique Football Federation a year ago.

“I lost yet in any event I attempted so I can carry change to football on the grounds that numerous things are turning out badly in our football organization,” said the Jomo Cosmos legend.

He is currently zeroing in on engaging exceptional mentors and footballers through two football foundations he runs in Mozambique.

At any rate, Tico-Tico isn’t totally lost to Mozambique and Africa football.


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