SINGAPORE: Malaysia failed in their bid to secure the men’s waterpolo SEA Games bronze after losing 5-13 to Thailand at the OCBC Aquatics Centre.
Coach Fan Kow Jan, however, is optimistic they can put up a better challenge at the Kuala Lumpur Games in two years’ time.
Malaysia, who have not won a medal in waterpolo since the bronze in Manila in 2005, trailed 1-5 at half time. They never really troubled the Thais throughout the match.
Malaysia only secured one win in the five-team competition, beating the Philippines 10-4 on Saturday. Earlier, they were betaen 19-4 by Singapore and 11-5 by Indonesia.
“Our players are still young and they need exposure. We are hosting the Games and our association will help us build a strong team for the 2017 Games,” said Kow Jan, adding that the trip here was to gauge the team’s standing in the South-East Asian region.
Hosts Singapore will be out to secure a 26th straight gold when they face Indonesia. Both teams are unbeaten in the round-robin competition.
The Star Online