FFT's Five Finds: Is Safee back?
Safee Sali reminds us of his goalscoring instincts
A few years ago, Safee Sali was not just the next big thing in Malaysian football, he was the big thing.
There were trials at Cardiff City, big money deals in Indonesia and the growing belief that he was going to be a major star for years to come.
A move to Johor Darul Ta'zim seemed to be in the right direction but with the club signing a succession of talented foreign strikers, opportunities have been limited.
This season Jorge Pererya Diaz and Juan Martin Lucero are doing the business week in and week out.
There are the rare occasions, such as JDT’s last game against Penang on Friday, that the Argentinian attacking duo were ineffectual.
But JDT are the reigning champions for a reason and their strength in depth was obvious for all to see when Safee came off the bench to score the only goal of the game.
That it came with the last kick of the game – the 94th minute to be exact – spoke volume of his composure. The win keeps JDT level on points with leaders Felda United.
It was the messiest of goals but it could be crucial in the season and, perhaps, in Safee Sali's career.
Early Singapore pain for Selangor
The fans enjoyed the game, if not the outcome, as the visitors won the cup for the first time in five years.
No sooner had Selangor stood and watched Singapore parade the trophy, they were shuttled off across the border to prepare for a much bigger and important clash.
The AFC Cup showdown at the National Stadium across the Causeway should be a very big deal. A draw and Selangor go through to the last 16 while Tampines need to win.
For Selangor there is a quick chance of revenge. Winning in Singapore and then in Asia would be a fine way to forget Saturday's setback and an underwhelming start to the league season.