Top Talent: Five quality graduates MPL champions Kuala Lumpur produced

 Not many stars have come out from the Kuala Lumpur production line in recent years but the newly-promoted Malaysia Super League (MSL) side could have been a much stronger outfit had they retained these five academy products...

SAFEE SALI

He is the biggest name on this list and arguably the best local forward Malaysia has seen in the past 10-15 years.

Already 33 but Safee is still in his league of his own compared to several of his supposed successors, despite goals having dried up a little due to various factors ranging from lack of playing time at Johor Darul Ta’zim (2013-2016) and injury at PKNS in 2017.

Safee blossomed into a great striker at Selangor

Safee was actually dropped from the KL President’s Cup (Under-21) squad before being given a chance with the first team by Mat Zan Mat Aris in 2003. He was the club’s top scorer with 11 goals in 2005 before leaving for Sarawak for a year and then Selangor, where he made a name for himself.

Safee’s goals helped Selangor win back-to-back MSL titles in 2009 and 2010 and secure the 2009 FA Cup. On the international front, Safee forced Southeast Asia take notice after walking away with the golden boot in Malaysia’s successful 2010 AFF Suzuki Cup campaign.

He later earned a big money move to Indonesia, signing a deal with Pelita Jaya, where he became a fan-favourite. Safee returned to Malaysia to sign with JDT in 2013. He won three more MSL titles, the 2015 AFC Cup and 2016 FA Cup, though he was not a regular starter in any of those campaigns.

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