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post #44 : Safee Sali Transfers to Pelita Jaya

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Salam Peeps!

You know this guy?

Please sing for me. =)
If you don't recognise him or have no idea who's this fine looking fellow is, it's either you have something wrong with your brain, or you've been in a comma for the past two months and you just woke up and currently reading this blog. 

To the masses, his name is Safee Sali. But to the fanatic supporters of Malaysian Football, he is the game changer, the life saver, the footballing hero of our time! Now, for those of you who are blank in sports, (translate : complete ignorants!) Safee has in the post AFF Suzuki Cup Finals, which we've won comfortably 4-2 against Indonesia, making news about heading out of the M-League to ply his style of football in ISL (Indonesian Super League).  This news came as a shocker because, one, it is very rare to hear about interest from football clubs outside of the country, and two, this is the first time that I think 3 clubs from Indonesia and one from Vietnam had shown full interest in only one Malaysian player! Amazing the performance you put on one major tournament could have throughout your career as a footballer. 

But, piki punye piki punye piki, on the verge of last week, he made his move to Pelita Jaya, one of the struggling clubs now sitting at the bottom half of the ISL. The news came as a surprise to some, because in all logicalness, why would you sign for a club languishing in the bottom half of the league? Doesn't it have RELEGATION written all over it? Now, I'm not accustomed to Indonesian football, but usually the bottom two or three clubs would be relegated come the end of the season? But, Safee has other ideas. Quoting his exact words;

"If I join a better team in the ISL itself but just sitting on the bench, not to well" (courtesy of Kosmo Online & Google Translate! Cam haram ko translate.)

To put in a better understanding, no thanks to Google Translate, Safee wanted action straight away. He doesn't want to warm the bench for too long. So by going to Pelita Jaya, a club that is desperate to stay away from relegation, they will use every option they have to make sure that they can survive. And given the additional firepower in Safee Sali, he will be surely put into the test to carry the club out of the relegation zone. Nice analysis thinking bro! 

Dapat no.10 gak. First team la nih konpem!

Another word from the media was that his salary is, get this, a US $ 10,000 per month, regardless of how many time he plays for Pelita Jaya in that month. I mean, WTF! Since when that a salary for an ASEAN football player is that much? I though it was just some rumours about him and the playing state in Indonesia, but seriously, US $10,000 is a lot of money. He can buy a Mercedes SLK if he plays for half a year in Indonesia. Haha. This is something that FAM has to look at. We should have privatize football a long long time ago. If not, our state of football and the M-League could not get higher than what it is now. I mean yes the national team are improving, and god bless Rajagopal for doing a magnificient job, but somehow, somewhere, we have to reach the heights of at least the ISL. Privatization is key. 

Another factor that I think suites the reason of his departure to ISL is the quality of the players. FYI, ISL has a foreign player policy, in which a club can have to a maximum number of seven (I think?) of non-Indonesian players. And being a privatized football club, they can splash any amount of money they want to get a player they deemed. In Pelita Jaya alone, there are six foreign players not including Safee, namely Juan Ramirez (Paraguay), Tomoyuki Sakai & Shibakoya Yuichi (Japan), Walter Benitez (Argentina) and Coulibaly (Mali). Impressive ea? Think any Japanese player want to play in Malaysia if M-League is not privatized? Dream on!

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As for Safee Sali, from the bottom of my heart, and I guess I say this to all of the Malaysian football fanatics out there, we hope that you do your best on foreign turf and make sure to bag em goals good! Till then, will be updating in his coming games for Pelita Jaya!

ps : adapun update akhirnya! Haha.
pss : memperkenalkan Manager Pelita Jaya. =)
Sihat sungguh Manager Pelita Jaya nih. =)

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