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Bucks Hoping To Bounce Straight Back 12/03/04
Bush Bucks are set to regain their lost pride and bring back top flight soccer to the Eastern Cape region, according to the long serving defender and assistant coach, William Mugeyi.

Mugeyi, the twin brother of Ajax Cape Town striker Wilfred, is convinced that Bush Bucks will be promoted back to the Castle Premiership next season.

Things have not been easy for the Eastern Cape team since they were relegated to the First Division last season and subsequently placed under liquidation.

At one stage the club's mere existence was in doubt, but now they have once again risen out of the ashes with one of their most loyal servants, Mugeyi at the forefront of the revolution.

The loyal Zimbabwean took charge of the players during the liquidation period while the club was without a manager, but has now reverted back to the position of assistant coach since Professor Ngobane has taken over the coaching duties.

The team has faced one of the most difficult periods in their history, but things have been slowly turned around and the club now find itself in joint second position with FC Fortune on the Coastal First division log.

"We lost a few games at the beginning of the season because of the liquidation issue of the club. We also lost a number of players because no one knew if the team was going to come out of liquidation," says Mugeyi.

He said that if they had started the current league campaign without these defeats the team could have been home and dry for a come back into the top league already.

"If we started the season without the liquidation hanging over our heads, we would been on top of the table, but we are getting there."

The Zimbabwean said that Bush Bucks have signed eight new players, including a number of his fellow countrymen who featured at the African Cup of Nations in Tunisia, and that these players have made a big difference to the team.

"I brought in Agent Sawu from Dynamos in Zimbabwe, He played for seven years in Switzerland and is a Zimbabwean international. Edison Mashiri, who also a Zim international, is playing for us now as well."

Mugeyi said that one of the reasons that Bucks, who are currently based in East London and play at the Absa Stadium, are doing so well, is that they have one of the strongest defences in the league.

"We tried to bring in some experienced players, like Dumisani Mpopfu, who is the vice captain of Zimbabwe - he is a solid player," he said.

Mugeyi has recognised the need to get stuck in and show true gut and determination if his team want to find themselves playing the likes of Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates next season.

"Whenever I play I try to lead by example and hopefully my commitment is rubbing off on the other players."

At 34 years of age the former Zimbabwean international captain is still playing and he says that his love for the Eastern Cape-based team led him to stay when many others left.

"I have been here for more than 10 years and I am not going anywhere, as the player-coach I know what this team can do."

Mugeyi pointed out that the level of football being played in the First Division is very competitive.

"The First Division is a lot harder to play in than the PSL, here you have to be a lot fitter. I am not saying that in PSL the players are not fit, but the level of intensity and the amount of tackles flying around in the first division is quite something. In the PSL the players have more time to settle on the ball."

Many neutral soccer fans will also be hoping that Bucks can regain their place in the elite league as it was a sad day for soccer when the area formerly known as Transkei was no longer represented by a Premiership soccer team.






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