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SAFEE Sali is a prolific goalscorer for both club and country who went on to make a name for himself abroad after his AFF Suzuki Cup heroics.
PETALING JAYA: An excited Safee Sali told Kuala Lumpur he feels like 17 again after signing for the City Boys.
PETALING JAYA: Most footballers’ careers are short. Their progress generally decline through their 30s, and at 36 they will start thinking about hanging up their boots.
THERE’S no place like home, but if you are a footballer with big dreams, home is not the place you want to be.
In the 80s, players like Soh Chin Aun, Santokh Singh and the great Mokhtar Dahari all had chances to feature for English clubs, but the moves never materialise. Mokhtar Dahari, who bamboozled Arsenal in the 1975 friendly in Stadium Merdeka, was invited to play for the Gunners but refused due to his love for Selangor.
PETALING JAYA: Just a decade ago, Safee Sali was a feared striker known for his predatory finishing and blistering pace that had many defenders in the South-East Asian region running scared.
MUCH-travelled Croatian coach Bojan Hodak is enjoying a second wind in football-mad Indonesia.
SAFEE Sali is one of the most-decorated players in the country. The Petaling Jaya City striker has played for Telekom Melaka, Kuala Lumpur, Sarawak, Selangor, Johor Darul Ta’zim and also for Pelita Jaya and Arema Cronus in Indonesia.
It’s not just a sporting spectacle. In fact, the AFF Suzuki Cup has contributed to a greater understanding between Asean nations and its people.