National Juniors coach Amin Rahim is satisfied with the overall performance of his players in the S10th edition of the Sultan of Johor Cup despite finishing sixth and last in the tournament.

The Malaysian Colts lost 3-2 to South Africa in a nail-biting fifth-sixth classification match that saw the South Africans piling eight penalty corners, while the host had six, three of which came in the last seven minutes of play.

“It is frustration as we came so close to scoring a couple of goals,” said Amin. “Overall, I must say I am satisfied with their performance. Considering their lack of international exposure, they played their hearts out against every team. It was a valuable experience and exposure for them.”

He added that the players had performed the responsibility given to them in the SOJC with passion and pride. There gave their best and we must understand their shortcomings and give them space and room to improve.

“I will give them a two-week break after this tournament. They will join 40 other players whom I have identified from the Malaysia Games for a training camp before I short list 25 players,” said Amin.

“These players have a lot of potential and talent. We have time on our side to prepare them,” said Amin.