Mohd Safee Mohd Sali

Mohd Safee Mohd Sali
Safee Sali
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Personal information
Full name Mohd Safee Mohd Sali
Date of birth January 28, 1984 (1984-01-28) (age 27)
Place of birth Kajang, Selangor, Malaysia
Height 1.71 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Pelita Jaya
Number 10
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003-2005 Kuala Lumpur FA 31 (20)
2003 Melaka TMFC (Loan) 4 (0)
2005-2006 Sarawak FA 26 (10)
2006-2011 Selangor FA 105 (36)
2011-current Pelita Jaya FC 13 (7)
National team
2004-2010 Malaysia U-23 28 (14)
2006- Malaysia 33 (18)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of June 21, 2011.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of October 7, 2011

Mohd Safee Mohd Sali commonly known as Safee Sali (born on January 29, 1984 in Kajang, Selangor, Malaysia) is a professional Malaysian footballer who is a Striker for Pelita Jaya FC of Indonesia. Safee also represents the Malaysia national team at the international level and was a member of the Malaysian team who won the 2010 AFF Suzuki Cup for the first time with Safee being the top scorer. Safee previously played for Melaka TMFC, Kuala Lumpur FA, Sarawak FA and Selangor FA.

Safee is currently known widely as the best striker in Malaysia during his generation and was compared to the late, legendary Mokhtar Dahari. The Malaysian King of Football, Datuk Abdul Gahni Minhat also considered Safee to be the current best striker in Malaysia having professionally playing outside Malaysia.[citation needed]

Safee is also the first Malaysian to play at the Indonesian Super League with Pelita Jaya FC.


Club career

Kuala Lumpur FA

Safee was brought to Kuala Lumpur FA by coach, Igor Novak. Igor spotted Safee's talent and brought him to Kuala Lumpur. He scored his first hat trick while part of Kuala Lumpur in a Malaysia Premier League II match against Perak TKN, which ended in a 6-2 trashing. He netted 11 goals in his first season to become the second top local goalscorer behind Azman Adnan.[1] During the 2004 season, he only managed to score 2 league goals. In his last season with Kuala Lumpur, he scored 7 league goals, 3 goals in the 2005 Malaysia FA Cup, leading Kuala Lumpur FA to the semi finals, and 1 goal in the 2005 Malaysia Cup.


Safee wore TMFC jersey in the 2003 Malaysia Cup as Kuala Lumpur failed to qualify for the cup competition. He scored one goal in the competition against Sarawak in their final group match.[2] He return to Kuala Lumpur following TMFC failure to qualify for the quarter final.


He later joined Sarawak FA in East Malaysia. He became the top local goalscorer with 10 goals. His performances attracted the fans and the national coach. His finishing ability was compared to the late Mokhtar Dahari. At the end of the season, he scored a total of 19 goals in all competition, making him the top scorer for Sarawak at the 2005/06 season. He later joined his home town, Selangor FA which he always wanted to play for since he started his career.


Safee joined Selangor FA for the 2006/07 season. He was given the number 10 jersey which was once worn by legendary Selangor FA and Malaysian national team player, the late Mokhtar Dahari. With Selangor, Safee impressed K. Devan by bringing the team both to the FA Cup and Malaysia Cup final. However, Selangor lost to Kedah FA in both finals with the same score of 3-2. He scored a total of 11 goals in his first season with Selangor.

During the 2008 Selangor Sultan Cup, Safee scored a superb goal against the Singapore selection.[3] On his second season with Selangor, he scored an amazing 11 goals in 10 matches, but he had an injury that made him missed half of the 2007/08 season. Despite having a poor performance in the 2009 season, he returned to be the second top scorer at the 2010 Season. He also scored the winning goal for Selangor in a 2-1 win against Negeri Sembilan FA at the 2010 Malaysia Charity Shield.

After the 2010 AFF Suzuki Cup and his superb performance at the early stages in the 2011 Super League Malaysia season, Safee agreed to join with the Indonesian Super League team, Pelita Jaya in order to gain more experience. Safee's last game with Selangor was a 1-1 draw against Kuala Lumpur FA. This was Safee's last game before his departure to Karawang, Indonesia to join with Pelita Jaya.

Pelita Jaya

On 5 February 2011, Safee officially transferred to the Indonesian Super League team, Pelita Jaya on a USD 30,000 transfer fee and his salary reached USD 10,000 or RM 30,360. Safee also got a condo and a driver from his manager.[4][5] Safee signed a 1 year contract with Pelita Jaya. This transfer makes Safee the first Malaysian player to play at the Indonesian Super League.[6] Safee originally was given the number 10 shirt, But after a registration problem, he chose to have the number 55 instead of his original number. Safee made his unofficial debut against amateur club, Ragunan FC in a 6-0 win, which Safee scored twice and assisted twice. Safee made his first League debut against Sriwijaya FC. The match ended with a 1-0 win which Safee scored to give Pelita Jaya's first win in 5 matches. Safee was also the man of the match. Safee Sali returned with a bang to net two goals as Pelita Jaya defeated Bontang FC 2-1. In the next match, Safee executed a spectacular scissor kick in a 2-0 win over Persijap Jepara thus adding his tally to four goals.

The 2010–11 Indonesia Super League Season ended with Pelita Jaya in 12th place, avoiding relegation zone. In total, Safee Sali scored 7 goals in 13 appearance on his first season.

On October 12, 2011, Safee Sali was announced as Pelita Jaya FC captain for the upcoming 2011-12 Indonesia Super League Season and changed his shirt number into the number 10 instead.


On August 2011, Safee told the press that a unnamed German club has offered Safee a trial and if successful, a fully contract with the German club. The unnamed club has also stated that they are willing to give Safee a contract in the future.[7][8]

With the help of Datuk Chan Tien Ghee, Safee was given a trial by Cardiff City FC. Datuk Chan Tien Ghee announced that he has given a two week trial for Safee.[9] The Malaysian Captain, Mohd Safiq Rahim was also given a trial by Cardiff after the 2011 Malaysia Cup.[10] Safee officially started his trial with Cardiff on 13th September 2011 and ended on 27th September. Even though Safee managed to impress Cardiff, he failed to secure a contract as it was rejected by the UK government since Malaysia is not in the top 70 in the FIFA ranking and the British government only permits non-EU players if the player is playing for the country and the country is ranked below 70 in FIFA ranking.[11][12] Despite not having to secure a contract, Malky Mackay stated that he will offer Safee another trial, but this time longer with Cardiff.[13][14]

International career

Youth team

Safee started representing Malaysia Under-23 during the 2004 Olympic Games qualifiers. He played all the qualification matches but mostly played as the substitute. He was then selected to represent Malaysia Under-23 at the 2005 Pre-South East Asian Games in Thailand under the then-coach Bertalan Bicskei. He managed to score only one goal in the tournament against the Philippines Under-23. He however did not make it into 2005 South East Asian Games squad that won the bronze medal. After the 2005 South East Asian Games, Safee was given a chance by coach Norizan Bakar to represent the Under-23 side for the 2006 Doha Asian Games. He again failed to make it into the squad.

After the national Under-23 sides failure in the 2006 Asian Games, Safee was selected as the main striker by coach B. Sathianathan. Together with striking partner Mohd Zaquan Adha Abdul Radzak, they managed to win the 2007 Merdeka Tournament after defeating Myanmar 3-1 in the final and becoming the top scorer with 4 goals. He then was chosen to represent the country in the 2007 South East Asian Games in Thailand. Safee managed to score 2 goals in the tournament but the Under-23 national team failed to advance into the semifinal after a draw against rivals the Singapore.

For 2008, Safee was chosen as the main striker in the 2008 Malaysia Intercontinental Cup. He managed to score all Malaysia's 3 goals in Malaysia's 1-3 defeat to the Republic of Ireland, 1-0 win against the Iraq and an impressive 1-1 draw against the Nigeria. The match against Nigeria was Safee's last game with Malaysia national under-23 team.

In 2010, Safee received called up for the Asian Games squad. He played three matches in Eximbank Cup in Vietnam. He did not chosen as the three senior members for the final squad to the Asian Games.

In 2011,Safee scored 2 out of 3 goals in a match against Liverpool in Kuala Lumpur.

Senior team

After an impressive season with Sarawak in the Malaysia Premier League, Safee managed to make it into the national team. He was given his first senior caps against New Zealand on February 19, 2006. He then scored his first international goal on his second cap against New Zealand.

He then became the part of the national football team preparing for the 2007 AFC Asian Cup. He was then chosen into the squad of Malaysia 2007 Asian Cup. He only made his first appearance in the Asian Cup in the third group match against Iran where Malaysia lost 0-3.

For the 2008 Merdeka Tournament, Safee scored another similar style of goal that was scored earlier during the 2008 Sultan Of selangor Cup against the Nepal. He became the top scorer of the tournament with 5 goals despite Malaysia losing 6-5 through penalty kicks against Vietnam in the final.

In November 2010, Safee was called up to the Malaysia national squad by coach K. Rajagopal for the 2010 AFF Suzuki Cup. Safee scored twice against Vietnam to secure a 2-0 win in the first leg in the semi finals. Safee again scored another two goals in the first leg of the finals to secure a 3-0 win against Indonesia. On the second leg of the Final, Safee scored another goal to earn 5 goals, thus becoming the tournaments top goal scorer. Malaysia won the 2010 AFF Suzuki Cup 2010 title for the first time in their history.

Malaysia XI

Safee also represented in the Malaysia XI squad against Arsenal and Liverpool at the Shah Alam Stadium on 29 July 2008. He was one of the impressive Malaysian players on the match. The Malaysia XI eventually lost. [15]

On 16 July 2011, Safee was included in the match against Liverpool in which the Malaysia XI lost 3-6. He came on as a substitute and scored 2 goals.[16]


Safee previously wears the legendary jersey No. 10 which was once worn by legendary Selangor FA and Malaysian national team player, the late Mokhtar Dahari. He is a member of the Malaysia national football team. His aggressive playing style, combined with great pace, good physique despite his height of 172 cm and his shooting techniques recently made him a regular first team member for the national team. Being one of the Malaysian players with the best flair, Safee also contributes spectacular goals with his long shots and overhead kicks for both the national team and Selangor FA.

Commercial endorsements

Safee is under sponsorship with American sports-brand, Nike, after previously being the face of Adidas for South East Asia. Safee was given his own Mercurial Football Boot with his name on it. It was given exclusively by Nike.[17]


Club Season League Cup League Cup AFC Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Kuala Lumpur FA 2003 11 0 11
2004 2 0 0 2
2005 7 1 3 11
Total 20 1 3 24
Melaka TMFC 2003 1 1
Total 1 1
Sarawak FA 2005-06 10 8 3 6 6 19
Total 10 8 3 6 6 19
Selangor FA 2006-07 0 1 2 3
2007-08 11 4 9 9 24
2009 12 5 1 18
2010 12 3 2 5 3 17
2011 3 1 3 1
Total 36 13 14 5 3 66
Club Season League Cup Other AFC Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Pelita Jaya 2010-11 13 7 2 3 15 10
2011-12 5 4 5 4
Total 13 7 7 7 20 14
Malaysia 66 18 23 5 3 110
Indonesia 13 7 7 7 20 14
Career total 73 18 30 5 3 124

International goals

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. February 23, 2004 MPPJ Stadium, Kelana Jaya  Maldives 1 2-0 (W) Friendly
2. September 9, 2005 Bangkok, Thailand  Philippines 1 2-1 (W) AFF U-23 Youth Championship
3. August 20, 2007 MBPJ Stadium, Kelana Jaya  Laos 1 2-0 (W) 2007 Merdeka Tournament
4. August 27, 2007 MBPJ Stadium, Kelana Jaya  Singapore 2 3-1 (W) 2007 Merdeka Tournament
6. August 29, 2007 Shah Alam Stadium, Shah Alam  Myanmar 1 3-1 (W) 2007 Merdeka Tournament
7. November 11, 2007 Bangkok, Thailand  Thailand 1 1-1 (D) Friendly
8. November 26, 2007 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia  Indonesia 1 1-1 (D) Friendly
9. December 3, 2007 Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand  Laos 2 4-0 (W) 2007 SEA Games
11. May 15, 2008 MBPJ Stadium, Kelana Jaya  Republic of Ireland 1 1-3 (L) Inter Continental Cup
12. May 17, 2008 MBPJ Stadium, Kelana Jaya  Iraq 1 1-0 (W) Inter Continental Cup
13. May 19, 2008 MBPJ Stadium, Kelana Jaya  Nigeria 1 1-1 (D) Inter Continental Cup
14. November 2, 2010 MBPJ Stadium, Kelana Jaya  Maldives 1 4-0 (W) Friendly
Senior Team
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 February 23, 2006 Auckland, New Zealand  New Zealand 1 2-1 (L) Friendly
2 October 10, 2008 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia  Pakistan 1 4-1 (W) Friendly
3 October 15, 2008 Kelana Jaya, Malaysia  Nepal 2 4-0 (W) 2008 Merdeka Tournament
5 October 20, 2008 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia  Afghanistan 1 6-0 (W) 2008 Merdeka Tournament
6 October 23, 2008 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia  Myanmar 1 4-0 (W) 2008 Merdeka Tournament
7 December 6, 2008 Phuket, Thailand  Laos 2 3-0 (W) 2008 AFF Suzuki Cup
9 December 15, 2010 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia  Vietnam 2 2-0 (W) 2010 AFF Suzuki Cup
11 December 26, 2010 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia  Indonesia 2 3-0 (W) 2010 AFF Suzuki Cup
13 December 29, 2010 Jakarta, Indonesia  Indonesia 1 2-1 (L) 2010 AFF Suzuki Cup
14 July 23, 2011 Jalan Besar, Singapore  Singapore 2 5-3 (L) 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC)
16 July 28, 2011 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia  Singapore 1 1-1 (D) 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC)
17 November 16, 2011 Salt Lake Stadium, India  India 2 3-2 (L) Friendly
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 October 17, 2008 Kelana Jaya, Malaysia  Sierra Leone 1 4-0 (W) 2008 Merdeka Tournament / Malaysia
2 July 16, 2011 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia England Liverpool 2 3-6 (L) Exhibition Match / Malaysia Selection



  • Malaysia Charity Shield: 2009, 2010
  • Malaysia FA Cup: 2009
  • Malaysia Super League: 2009, 2010



  • 2010 AFF Suzuki Cup Top Goal Scorer


  1. ^ 2003 England League
  2. ^ 2003 Malaysia Cup
  3. ^ Sultan Of Selangor Cup 2008
  4. ^ PELITA JAYA IT IS FOR SAFEE Retrieved at 8 February 2011
  5. ^ Safee Joins Pelita Jaya Retrieved at 8 February 2011
  6. ^ "bobi pergi ke Pelita Jaya (Malay)". MNFT FC©. February 7, 2011. Retrieved 7 February 2011. 
  7. ^ Safee keeps 'em guessing on German woo Retrieved at 26 August 2011 from UK Yahoo News
  8. ^ Safee Berhijrah ke kelab Jerman? (MALAY) Retrieved at 26 August 2011 from kakiGOL
  9. ^ Hitman Safee wanted Retrieved at 8 September 2011 from Football Everyday - The Star
  10. ^ Safee sambut tawaran percubaan dua minggu di Cardiff (MALAY) Retrieved at 7 September 2011 from
  11. ^ Safee Sali is a good lad but work permit issues remain the stumbling block Retrieved at 26 September 2011 from
  12. ^ Safee masih berharap sarung jersi Cardiff City Retrieved at 26 September 2011 from Berita Harian Online
  13. ^ Safee ends Bluebirds trial Retrieved at 30 September 2011 from Sky Sports
  14. ^ Safee Sali earns second Cardiff trial Retrieved at 30 September 2011 from ESPN Star Sports
  15. ^ Chelsea beat Malaysian XI
  16. ^ Charlie Adam and Alberto Aquilani star as Liverpool hit Malaysian side for six - Malaysia All-Star XI 3-6 Liverpool
  17. ^ Safee's Nike Mercurial boot Release Retrieved at 03 May 2011

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