Safee eyes a spot in the TCH's Malaysia team

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Safee Sali,  PKNS, Malaysia, 12/06/2017
Veteran PKNS FC striker, Safee Sali is confident that his body can still withstand the rigours of international football.

Malaysia's opening 2019 Asian Cup qualifier against Lebanon last June was the last time that Safee was involved in the national team camp.

He wasn't selected to start nor to come off the bench then, subsequent camps has seen his name ominously missing from the team list but he remains committed to the nation's cause.

A stalwart for Malaysia for over a decade now, Safee's best moment with the national team was undoubtedly back in 2010 when he lead the team to glory at the AFF Championship.

Even now at the age of 33, Safee isn't ready to throw in the towel at the international stage yet. He is still hoping to impress new Malaysia head coach, Tan Cheng Hoe.

"I'm always ready to play for the national team, that is the target for every player. As long as I can play, there shouldn't be a problem."

"In football, if you have a good recovery and training, then it shouldn't be a problem. Maybe some time in the future, I will retire from international football but it's not next year," Safee told Goal.

After spending a few seasons with Johor Darul Ta'zim, Safee returned to Selangor last season albeit to PKNS FC and looks likely to remain there until the end of his career.

PKNS has gone big for the upcoming 2018 season as they secured the services of K. Rajagopal to lead the team and strengthened the squad with quality signings like Nurridzuan Abu Hassan and Jafri Firdaus Chew.

"My target is of course to take PKNS to achieve more this coming season and at least win a cup. I hope I can do my part and hope for an injury-free season. Step by step my fitness is increasing. Coach Raja and the other coaches are doing a good job," added Safee.

A tough pre-season work for PKNS has seen them already playing two friendly matches against Negeri Sembilan and PKNP FC with a few more plan in the coming weeks before the big kick-off in February 2018.