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This article is about the footballer. For the song, see Tico-Tico no Fubá.
Personal information
Full name Manuel José Luís Bucuane
Date of birth (1973-08-16) August 16, 1973 (age 42)
Place of birth Lourenço Marques (now Maputo), Mozambique
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Desportivo de Maputo
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992–1994 Desportivo de Maputo 63 (35)
1994–1997 Estrela da Amadora 28 (11)
1997–2000 Jomo Cosmos 91 (44)
2000 Tampa Bay Mutiny 18 (4)
2000–2004 Jomo Cosmos 104 (32)
2004-2006 Supersport United 40 (8)
2006–2008 Orlando Pirates 21 (4)
2008 Maritzburg United 8 (0)
2008–2010 Jomo Cosmos 14 (1)
2010–2011 Desportivo de Maputo
Total 387 (139)
National team
1995–2010 Mozambique 83 (27)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 29 July 2013 UTC.

† Appearances (goals)

Manuel José Luís Bucuane (born 16 August 1973 in Lourenço Marques (now Maputo)), best known as Tico-Tico, is a Mozambican football former football striker who last played for Desportivo de Maputo in Mozambique.


In June 2000, Tico-Tico was signed by the Tampa Bay Mutiny after playing for Jomo Cosmos.[1]

Tico-Tico is his country's most capped player and record goal scorer. He is also the PSL’s leading scorer of all-time with 108 goals. As an international footballer he represented his country at the 1996 Africa Cup of Nations, 1998 African Nations Cup and 2010 Africa Cup of Nations.

In September 2012, he was honored by the Federação Moçambicana de Futebol for his long international career. He would go on to play in a charity match in his honor where his Mozambican national side kit and football boots were sold to raise money for charitable causes.[2]


  1. ^ Page, Rodney (June 8, 2000). "Mutiny signs South African Bucuane". St. Petersburg Times. 
  2. ^ "Tico-Tico arrecada mais de 13 mil euros para a sua academia (com fotos)" [Tico-Tico sold for more than 13 thousand euros for his academy)] (in Portuguese). A Bola. 6 September 2012. Retrieved 7 October 2012. 

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