JOHOR BAHRU – National junior hockey coach Wallace Tan was disappointed with the
outcome of their match against Japan yesterday.
He said although Malaysia stood no chance to defend third place just like
last year’s edition, this did not mean the white flag should be raised.
“We will do the best we can to win the match against New Zealand tomorrow,”
he told reporters after Malaysia lost 1-2 to Japan in their fourth day match of
the Sultan of Johor Cup (SOJC) 2016 hockey tournament at the Taman Daya Hockey
Stadium here last night.
However, Tan was satisfied with the performance of his players who worked
hard throughout the tournament.
“All in all, I’m satisfied with the players as they managed to keep the ball
well and created a lot of goal scoring chances,” he said.
Meanwhile, team captain Muhammad Amirol Aideed Mohd Arshad regarded the lack
of compatibility among the players and the fact that most of them were new to
the team, proved to be costly.
“Maybe that (factors) was a reason for our many mistakes and failed to
seize the opportunities,” he said, adding that the coach was not to be blamed
for the defeat.
Malaysia will play against New Zealand today at 8.30pm.