The ongoing crisis in the Indonesian league could trigger a departure for Safee Sali, with the S.League appearing to be a solid alternativeMalaysia star striker Safee Sali could see himself playing in the S.League temporarily if the ongoing crisis within the Indonesian Football Association (PSSI) is not resolved soon.
The PSSI is currently in the midst of an issue regarding their official league with the Indonesian Super League (ISL) deemed to be unofficial.
It's a baffling situation in Indonesia as the previously unofficial Indonesian Premier League is now the PSSI endorsed league with its former officials in the federation. The ISL, which was to have shut down, is still in operation, and by Fifa rules Safee Sali could face being banned from the national side for playing in a league that is not endorsed by the country's football federation.
The Malaysian Football Association (FAM) is closely monitoring the situation with the prospect of losing its top striker proving to be unacceptable. With Safee's contract at Pelita Jaya coming to an end in January, talks of bringing him back to the Malaysian Super League (MSL) have been brought up, but quickly quashed due to the end of the transfer window in Malaysia and the FAM's reluctantance to make special dispensations.
However, there seems to be a likely alternative in the S.League with Harimau Muda as the transfer window is still open in Singapore. Harimau Muda boss Ong Kim Swee is open to the idea, claiming that it could be useful for Safee to play over there, while waiting for the transfer window in the MSL to re-open in April.
“It’s a good idea. I have no objections if Safee wants to join us," he told the New Straits Times.
"We can easily fit him into the team and he will get to play football while he thinks of his next move. It would be a great boost to have someone of Safee’s calibre playing with the team,” Ong enthused.
Rumors also suggest that Safee Sali could also move to Belgian side CV Vise or A-League outfit Brisbane Roar. Both clubs are under the ownership of the Bakrie Family, who also run Safee's current club Pelita Jaya.