KUALA LUMPUR: Defender Mohd Amin Rahim is the top scorer for Ernst and Young in the Malaysia Hockey League (MHL) but he has also gained a bad reputation in the competition.
The 24-year-old penalty corner specialist, who has 22 goals to his credit, now has a total of 16 demerit points.
He has been suspended three times this season – his worst record since he started playing in the MHL in 2000.
In the league, he collected three yellow and two green cards. In the second-leg quarter-final match against the MHF Project squad last Friday, he was shown the yellow card and had to sit out the first-leg semi-final against Bank Simpanan Nasional (BSN) on Sunday.
In his absence, Ernst and Young, who were the runners-up in the league, were beaten 1-2.
“This is the worst-ever suspension record of my career and it has put me in the bad books,” said Mohd Amin, who has 77 international caps to his credit.
“I am no rough player. Yes, I tackle very hard in 50-50 situations and I believe I was shown the cards for doing this.”
Mohd Amin made his debut in the MHL in 2000 and featured for BSN for two seasons before joining Ernst and Young last year.
He added that he was disappointed at not having had a part to play in the first-leg semi-final.
“I blame myself for my team’s defeat by BSN. If I had played the match, the result could have been different because we had five penalty corners,” said Mohd Amin.
“I will go all out to give my best in the return match on Wednesday and help my team reach the final. We are one goal down but we have a chance to turn the tables on BSN.”
In open play, Amin holds the fort with former Indian international Lazarus Barla.
Ernst and Young coach A. Arulselvaraj said that they were not putting any blame on Mohd Amin for the defeat by BSN.
“Amin was just unlucky to get yellow cards ... he was at the wrong place at the wrong time,” he said. “His presence in the return match will certainly be a big boost to the team.”