Nigeria vs Japan: Dream Team VI Begin Their Quest For Gold Against The Samurai Blues
Nigeria begin their Olympic football campaign with an opening day fixture against Japan at the Amazon Arena on Friday morning.
This is Nigeria’s 7th appearance and Samson Siasia’s side will be hoping to replicate the success of their compatriots who won gold in 1996 at the Atlanta Games.
Nigeria last played in this competition at the Beijing 2008 Games when Siasia led the side to a silver medal win after losing the final to Argentina. They missed out on qualification for the 2012 games in London.
Japan posted their best ever finish in the Olympics football event when placed fourth in London 2012.
One interesting fact is that both teams qualified as the U-23 champions of their respective confederations.