'Age is not on my side' - Bucuane


The Mozambican captain is among 15 players that the Buccaneers placed on the market and one of several that have yet to find new teams.

β€œI cannot at the moment reveal the names of the teams that have shown interest. What I can safely say is that some teams are genuinely interested. As the search for a new team progresses, I am still training with the Pirates junior side,” says Bucuane.

He, however, feels the fact that he is over 30 and doubts about his fitness may be factors that are hampering a possible move.

β€œIt is a fact that I am not growing any younger. Very soon, I will be turning 35 (on August 16). In addition, I have not played for some time, which might be causing teams to have second thoughts. Many teams may be afraid to spend on a player who is in that situation,” says the player who received some boost by earning the Man of the Match award after inspiring his country to a 2-0 win over Botswana in the quarterfinals of the Cosafa Senior Challenge on Sunday.

Following the victory, he is confident Mozambique can go all the way and make it to the final scheduled for this weekend.

Bucuane, who made his PSL debut in 1996 after a move from Desportivo in Mozambique to Jomo Cosmos, joined Pirates in the second half of 2006/07 from champions Supersport United.

A regular under then coach Bibey Mutombo, he saw himself frozen out of the team under Owen da Gama last season after a combination of injury and a dip in form.

In addition to stints at the three local clubs, his goalscoring exploits have taken him to Estrela Amadora (Portugal) Guangdong Hongyuan (China) and Tampa Bay Mutiny in the United States.