Mohd Safee Mohd Sali is a Malaysian footballer who plays for Johor Darul Takzim and the Malaysia national football team. Safee plays as a forward or attacking midfielder.
Born: January 29, 1984 (age 31), Kajang, Malaysia
Height: 5′ 8″
Weight: 170 lbs
Salary: 10,000 USD (2011)
, JDT -2013-2015 RM 10,000.00 per month
Current teams: Malaysia national football team (Forward), Johor Darul Ta’zim F.C. (#14 / Forward)
Spouse: Fitria Elfina Md Arif (m. 2013), Sabarina Yusof (m. 2007–2012)
Safee began his career at the age of 19 playing for Melaka TMFC after he attended the team tryout. Safee managed to play a few games for the team before joining Kuala Lumpur FA.
Kuala Lumpur FA
Safee talent was noticed by Kuala Lumpur FA coach, Igor Novak. He managed to score a hatrick during a league match against Perak TKN which ended with 6–2 win. He scored 11 goals in his first season with the team. In 2004 season, he only managed to score two league goals. In his last season with Kuala Lumpur, he scored 11 goals (7 league goals, 3 goals in Malaysia FA Cup and 1 goal in Malaysia Cup).
Safee later joined Sarawak FA. He became the top local goalscorer with 10 goals. His performance attracted the attention of the Malaysia football fans and the national team coach.
In 2006/2007 season, Safee joined Selangor FA. 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.
On his second season with Selangor, he scored 11 goals in 10 matches, but he had an injury that made him missed half of the 2007/08 season. He returned to be the second top scorer on 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 the Indonesian Super League team, Pelita Jaya 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 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. Safee signed a 1 year contract with Pelita Jaya. This transfer makes Safee the first Malaysian player to play at the Indonesian Super League. 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 league debut against Sriwijaya FC. Safee scored 7 goals in 13 appearance on his first season.
On 12 October 2011, Safee 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 24 March 2012, Safee managed to score four goals against Gresik United. Safee ended the season with 20 league goals.
Cardiff City trial
In 2011, Safee was offered a two week trial with Football League Championship club, Cardiff City.
In 2013 season, Safee transferred to Arema Cronous. He never make any official appearances for the 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.
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 19 February 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.
On 28 November 2012, Safee netted in his third consecutive AFF Championship tournament, scoring the second goal in Malaysia’s 4–1 win over Laos in their second group match. On 29 November 2014, Safee netted in his fourth consecutive AFF Championship tournament, scoring the first goal in Malaysia’s 3–1 win over Singapore in their third group match. Other than that, he was invisible throughout the tournament.
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.
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.
|29 July 2008||Shah Alam Stadium||B. Sathianathan||Chelsea||0–2 (L)|
|16 July 2011||National Stadium, Bukit Jalil||K. Rajagopal||Liverpool||3–6 (L)|
|24 July 2012||National Stadium, Bukit Jalil||K. Rajagopal||Arsenal||0–2 (L)|
|30 July 2012||National Stadium, Bukit Jalil||K. Rajagopal||Manchester City||0–3 (L)|
|21 July 2013||Shah Alam Stadium||K. Rajagopal||Chelsea||1–4 (L)|
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 171 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.
Social media controversy
Safee gained notoriety on social media after lashing out at fans for criticising his poor performances for the Malaysian national team in the 2014 AFF Suzuki Cup. After a 3–2 loss to Thailand in the group stage of the tournament, he responded to negative comments on Instagram by saying in Malay: ” “Those commenting negatively here, have you played at the international level? If not, you’d better shut up…Don’t put down the efforts of those fighting for the country’s honour…IF YOU SHAME TO SUPPORT HARIMAU MALAYA BETTER CHANGE TO ANOTHER FLAG (sic)”.
Malaysia succeeded in making it to the final anyway, after overturning a 2–1 semi-final first leg deficit to win 5–3 on aggregate against Vietnam in the second leg. Safee was rested for the second leg, reportedly due to injury. Following the victory over Vietnam, he posted an Instagram photo of himself celebrating, with the caption (translated): “To the fans who swapped flags after being told off last time, don’t hide your faces behind pillows ok..just wipe them with tissues”. One of the photo’s hashtags said “#amikkau”, which means “take that” in Malay. This outraged Malaysian fans further, and Safee was booed by home supporters during the final game against Thailand.
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.
|Club||Season||League||Cup||League Cup||AFC Cup||Total|
|Kuala Lumpur FA||2003||11||–||0||–||11|
|Club||Season||League||Cup||League Cup||AFC Cup
|Johor Darul Takzim (loan)||2013|
|Johor Darul Takzim||2014|
|1||23 February 2006||Auckland, New Zealand||New Zealand||1||2–1 (L)||Friendly|
|2||10 October 2008||Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia||Pakistan||1||4–1 (W)||Friendly|
|3||15 October 2008||Kelana Jaya, Malaysia||Nepal||2||4–0 (W)||2008 Merdeka Tournament|
|5||20 October 2008||Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia||Afghanistan||1||6–0 (W)||2008 Merdeka Tournament|
|6||23 October 2008||Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia||Myanmar||1||4–0 (W)||2008 Merdeka Tournament|
|7||6 December 2008||Phuket, Thailand||Laos||2||3–0 (W)||2008 AFF Suzuki Cup|
|9||15 December 2010||Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia||Vietnam||2||2–0 (W)||2010 AFF Suzuki Cup|
|11||26 December 2010||Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia||Indonesia||2||3–0 (W)||2010 AFF Suzuki Cup|
|13||29 December 2010||Jakarta, Indonesia||Indonesia||1||2–1 (L)||2010 AFF Suzuki Cup|
|14||23 July 2011||Jalan Besar, Singapore||Singapore||2||5–3 (L)||2014 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC)|
|16||28 July 2011||Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia||Singapore||1||1–1 (D)||2014 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC)|
|17||16 November 2011||Kolkata, India||India||2||3–2 (L)||Friendly|
|19||16 October 2012||Mong Kok, Hong Kong||Hong Kong||1||3–0 (W)||Friendly|
|20||14 November 2012||Shah Alam, Malaysia||Hong Kong||1||1–1 (D)||Friendly|
|21||28 November 2012||Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia||Laos||1||4–1 (W)||2012 AFF Suzuki Cup|
|22||29 November 2014||Kallang, Singapore||Singapore||1||3–1 (W)||2014 AFF Suzuki Cup|
|23||11 June 2015||Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia||Timor-Leste||1||1–1 (D)||2018 FIFA World Cup qualification – AFC Second Round|
- Selangor FA
- Malaysian Charity Shield: 2009, 2010
- Malaysian Super League: 2009, 2010
- Malaysian FA Cup: 2009
- Johor Darul Takzim
- Malaysian Charity Shield: 2015
- Malaysia Super League (2): 2014,2015
- 2014 Malaysia Cup: Runner Up
- 2013 Malaysia FA Cup: Runner Up
- Malaysia U-23
- 2007 Merdeka Tournament
- 2010 AFF Suzuki Cup
- 2014 AFF Suzuki Cup -Runner Up
- 2010 ASEAN Football Championship Top Scorer
- Goal.com readers’ Asian Best XI of 2011
credit to wikipedia.