Sunday, December 04, 2011

Know Your Footballers - Safee Sali

Here you go, stories we were waiting for so long finally came out. Safee Sali!
Firstly,i felt sorry due to the reason of  his stories was released later after our wonderkid, Nazmi Faiz in my maiden post of Know Your Footballers. To be honest, that does not any meant anything because he still our phenomenon! 

Anyone agrees with me that who would not know the hotshot Safee Sali? 
Cross-finger that everyone in Malaysia knows him be it an old man or just a child.

He is considered as our best bet in striking force partnering with dashing Noorshahrul Idlan Talaha. 
He is our first eleven in senior squad but it was not such exciting start for him in his senior career as it was quite bumpy at first despite his debut was playing for Malaysia under 23 in Olympic qualifiers in 2004. Sadly his roles were limited only for substitutions.

But fortunes were dramatically changed when B.Sathianathan took over from the failure of previous coach Norizan Bakar in Asian Cup.Together with Zaquan Adha, they played as twin strikers under new helm coach B.Sathianathan.

The pinnacle was when he being called up by present coach Dato' K. Rajagopal to play for AFF Cup squad where he shoned to many occasions until led Malaysia to our very first AFF championships! 

He scored twice in semi final match against Vietnam to secure 2-0 win and another brace in final against Indonesia which in the match Malaysia won 3-0 in the first leg of finals. He is now played with Indonesian outfit, Pelita Jaya after impressive performance in AFF. 

Video reminiscing our sweet win against Vietnam in semi-final AFF 2010

His style of play, shooting technique combined with great pace never failed to contribute many goals from many ways be it from header or overhead kick. Due to his shooting technique was the reason he used being compared with our legend Mokhtar Dahari aka SuperMokh whose many believed due to he is our best striker ever had since SuperMokh's era.  He was rumored attracted few clubs in Bundesliga and he recently had his trials with Malaysia's owned club Cardiff City.

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