SINGAPORE - AFTER seeing his team get blown away 22-2 by Singapore in their Asian Water Polo Cup opener at the Toa Payoh Swimming Complex on Tuesday, Reynaldo Galang is convinced this year's South-east Asia (SEA) Games gold medal will be retained by the Republic's men.
Singapore have won every water polo gold medal at the biennial Games since the sport's inclusion in 1965.
The Philippines head coach did not think twice when asked if the Republic would retain their title in Myanmar, saying with a laugh: "Definitely, Singapore will win. Always Singapore.
"They're much better prepared and experience wise, they have people who can handle pressure.
"All around, Singapore has all the abilities to be good at water polo."
Even though the Philippines have previously given Singapore a run for their money at the SEA Games, the silver medallists from 2011 will not be at this year's event.
With a squad made up mostly of youngsters, they are very much a work in progress.
The team are being groomed to take on the regional kingpins in their own backyard, when the SEA Games come here in 2015.