Safee Sali leaves JDT for PKNS

Malaysian international Safee Sali has signed with PKNS, bringing his striking power to the newly promoted side ahead of next year’s Malaysia Super League.

Safee’s former employers, Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT), on Tuesday confirmed the move to the Selangor-based club.

“We would like to thank Safee for everything he did for JDT to help the club win seven trophies,” JDT coach Mario Gomez said on the Southern Tigers Facebook page.

“He will always be part of the JDT family and we wish him all the best at PKNS next season.”

The Red Ants have Argentine forwards Gabriel Guerra and Juan Manuel Cobelli on their roster, along with Palestine’s Matias Jadue, while Patrick Wleh is to return to the club after being loaned to Selangor last year.

Safee has previously played for Kuala Lumpur, Sarawak, Selangor in Malaysia and has won 12 titles.

However, he made only brief appearances from the bench for JDT this year, with Gomez opting for Argentinean forwards Jorge Pereyra Diaz and Juan Martin Lucero up front.

The 32 year old played 22 games, 18 of those appearances from the bench.

He was initially going to return to Selangor, but they could not afford him.

PKNS are looking to capitalise on a good season in which they were runners-up in the second-tier Malaysian Premier League and FA Cup finalists.

Safee follows fellow Malaysia veteran Amri Yahyah out of the door at JDT after Yahyah joined Melaka United early this month.