Besides starring for Jomo Cosmos where he won the Coca-Cola Cup and SAA Supa 8, Manuel ‘Tico-Tico’ Bucuane also played for Orlando Pirates and SuperSport United later in his PSL career and is regarded as one of the top 10 foreigners ever to play in South Africa’s Premier Soccer League.
Tico-Tico made over 80 appearances for Mozambique’s national side and also had stints playing in Portugal, America and China in a career spanning 19 years.
Toughest PSL opponent: There were so many great defenders, but Cyril Nzama was always kicking me and was tough to play against. He wasn’t fair when he played against me (Laughing).
Player you combined with best in the PSL: I played with so many, but the players I really combined with well were Tebogo Mokoena at Cosmos, Teko Modise who I played with at SuperSport United and Benedict Vilakazi at my time with Orlando Pirates. These are just some of the guys that I would combine with nicely.
Foreigner who made biggest impact in the PSL during your time: So many, but I think a guy like Musa Otieno for what he did at Santos. He helped them achieve so much against the odds and he served them so loyally. He is a great player and great ambassador away from the field. He is still serving them today.
Smallest PSL pay cheque: It was probably around R1 500 per month.
Biggest PSL pay cheque: It was around R40 000 which I think was good for back then.
Current occupation: I have a youth academy in Maputo and I am really enjoying this.
Former teams: Desportivo de Maputo, Estrela da Amadora, Jomo Cosmos, Tampa Bay Mutiny, Jomo Cosmos, Supersport United, Orlando Pirates, Maritzburg United, Desportivo de Maputo