Malaysian football legend Mohd Safee Sali, 39, announced his retirement from professional football with over 136 goals scored for club and 47 for the country. Starting his professional career in 2004, the former Harimau Malaya icon ended his almost two decade long career by bidding farewell to his fans, colleagues, clubs and sponsors who supported him over the years.
The Kajang-born was instrumental in aiding Malaysia in winning the Asean Football Federation (AFF) Cup for the first time in 2010. He also picked up the Golden Boot award for scoring five goals in the regional competition.
Safee said at the press conference, “It was a really tough decision to make. Although I have not suffered any serious injuries, I feel this is the best time to do so. Now, I can focus on my plans to use my experience and knowledge for the future development of football in our country.”
“I would like to thank all my fans, colleagues, clubs and sponsors for backing me all these years. I sincerely hope that all I have done for the country will be written in history for years to come,” he added.
Meanwhile, Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) president YBhg Datuk Hamidin Mohd Amin expressed his gratitude to Safee saying, “He is a true legend of Malaysian football and a role model to young players across the country. His dedication, hard work and passion for the sport earned him a place in the hearts of Malaysians and the football community worldwide.”
Safee also announced an upcoming documentary titled ‘SEPULUH’ which will showcase the story of his life and footballing career. He aims to share his story with the world and inspire others to chase their dreams. Besides the professional side of his life, viewers will get a glimpse of his personal life.