Japan men’s Olympic football team coach Makoto Teguramori has stated that his side will be at their very best against Nigeria U-23s in their group B clash in Manaus on August 4.
This will be the fourth clash between Japan and Nigeria at the Olympic Games.
In their first meeting at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics, Japan won 3-1 with Kunishige Kamamoto scoring a hat-trick.
In Atlanta 1996 and Beijing 2008, Nigeria triumped 2-0 and 2-1 respectively.
According to japantimes.co.jp, Teguramori however pointed out that the outcome of the game against Nigeria, will determine how far his side will go in Rio.
“We’ll be at our peak for the first game,” Teguramori said.
“That game will make or break our medal chances.”
The 48-year-old expressed hope that they will come back from Rio with a medal.
“The mission we’ve taken on is a huge one. Hopefully, we can bring back a medal to add a new chapter in (Japanese soccer) history.”
Meanwhile, Japan will face hosts Brazil in a friendly game on July 30 ahead of their first Rio 2016 match against Nigeria.