By Johnny Edward: Japan’s Rio Olympic coach Makoto Teguramori is delighted at his side's 4-1 thumping of South Africa in Wednesday's pre-tournament friendly but still admits Nigeria will be tougher opposition at the Rio 2016 Olympics Completesportsnigeria
The U-23 Asian champions have been drawn with Nigeria, Colombia and Sweden in the first round and Teguramori believes his final squad will be capable of performing better than they think they can having stayed unbeaten in their last four games.
“We want to go to the Olympics with confidence and we know the Nigeria game is going to be difficult for us,"Teguramori told japantimes.co.jp after the match at the Matsumotodaira Park Stadium.
Japan will take on Brazil in Goiania on July 30th in their final warm-up game before launching its Olympic campaign on August 4 in Manaus against Nigeria.
Teguramori is expected to name his final 18 man squad on Friday for the Summer Games.
He previously announced his three overage players for the under-23 competition: defenders Tsukasa Shiotani of Sanfrecce Hiroshima and Hiroki Fujiharu of Gamba Osaka, and Urawa Reds striker Shinzo Koroki.