By James Agberebi:
Japan U-23 midfielder Shinya Yajima has expressed confidence that despite their 2-0 loss to hosts of this year's Olympics, Brazil, in a friendly game on Saturday, they can still beat Nigeria U-23s in their opening Rio 2016 Olympic Games opening match on Friday morning.
The Brazilian team captained by Barcelona star, Neymar, saw off the Japanese thanks to goals from Gabigol and Marquinhos.
Speaking on Japan's Football Association official website, Yajima, who plays for Fagiano Okayama in the Japanese J-League, said they will take the positives from the defeat to Brazil ahead of the game against Nigeria.
"The opponents were quicker and more skilful than I expected. As they found their rhythm through their attack, we couldn’t intercept the ball properly, pass it to the next player, or put them under pressure.
"I think it’s essential to make better and quicker transition after stealing the ball. The match was part of our preparation for the Olympics. So we’ll learn from it and perform better to win the game against Nigeria," Yajima said.
"I hope we can make the best out of the game and have a great championship."