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We'll bounce back - Tico-Tico 20/02/04
While most players at Jomo Cosmos come and go, the influential Manuel 'Tico-Tico' Bucuane has stuck with Jomo Sonos team through the good times and the bad the latter engulfing the club at present.

Bucuane, Cosmos' all-time leading goal scorer, is, however, adamant that it's only a matter of time before the team gets back to winning ways after their recent setbacks.

The Vosloorus-based team have sunk to 10th on the Castle Premiership standings and, with five points separating them from Zulu Royals in 15th spot, they are perilously close to the relegation zone.

"We've lost two consecutive games now but it's not like we're playing badly," Bucuane maintains.

"The void left by Sammy Magalefa and Lovers Mohlala is also hard to fill as they were experienced campaigners - guys that played in the Premiership for a long time.

The Mozambican striker scored a brace for his team against Orlando Pirates to secure an impressive come-from-behind 3-1 victory against the defending champions - Ezenkosis' only win of 2004.

"Being the captain I try to lead by example, but it's tough you know. The opponents now know who I am and usually I have a man-marker.

"It would be great if one of the other strikers started scoring regularly as it would take the pressure off me and also shift the focus of our opponents.

Cosmos recent losses came within three days of each other and at the hands of the number one and two teams in the league, Santos and Ajax Cape Town.

"The morale was low after those games as we played really well against Santos and against Ajax we just could not finish off some good moves, he says.

Cosmos face arch rivals Kaizer Chiefs this weekend, the team that inflicted their worst defeat in their 21-year history a 5-0 trouncing in the 2001 Coca Cola Cup final.

"To play against Chiefs no motivation is needed. Each and every player does not need to be reminded that this is a big game for us.

"We'll go out there and do our best against them and maybe this is the game where that will turn our fortunes around," says the hopeful Bucuane.

The Phefeni Glamour Boys are in the hunt for their first league title since 1992 while Cosmos are hoping to finish in the top eight so they can defend the SAA Supa 8 title they won earlier this season.

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