Ex-international Mohd Amin Rahim (left) has been appointed as the national juniors assistant coach to S. Arulselvaraj in the Project 2016 squad. - Filepic
KUALA LUMPUR: Defender Mohd Amin Rahim, who was dropped from the national hockey team two weeks ago, has been named as assistant national junior coach to S. Arulselvaraj.
Arulselvaraj is in charge of the national junior team preparing for the 2016 Junior World Cup in India.
Said National Sports Council (NSC) director general Datuk Seri Zolkples Embong: “It was Arulselvaraj who recommended Amin to be his assistant. Amin is the right candidate because he is an experienced player and a good penalty corner drag flicker.
“The juniors will be able to improve their drag flicks with the guidance of Amin.
“We are also looking for another local coach to assist Arulselvaraj in coaching the national junior team.”
The 34-year-old Amin said he was honoured to be given the job.
“I will impart my knowledge to the juniors. I can help them to improve their penalty corner executions,” said Amin, who has 253 international caps.
“I thank Arul and also the MHC (Malaysian Hockey Confederation) for having faith in me as I’ve no experience in coaching at all. But I am willing to learn all about coaching from Arul,” said Amin, a Tenaga Nasional employee.
Amin, a father of three children said he should have no problems getting leave from his employer to train the juniors.
“I will help Arul to identify players for the national junior squad from the on-going MJHL (Malaysian Junior Hockey League),” said Amin.
The national juniors will start training in March and their first tournament for the year will be the Sultan of Johor Cup in October.
The national juniors’ major assignment next year is the Junior Asia Cup, a qualifying tournament for the 2016 Junior World Cup.