Nigeria U-23s group opponents in the men’s football event of the Rio Olympics, Japan, will take on South Africa U-23 side in a friendly match in Nagano on Wednesday.
South Africa are in Group A at the games with hosts Brazil, Iraq and Denmark, while Japan will slug it out in Group B alongside Nigeria, Sweden and Colombia.
Japan U-23s coach Makoto Teguramori said the match would give his team an idea of what to expect from the U-23 Eagles.
“I would like to thank SAFA for working round the clock to secure this match, and we are working on more practice games because we want to go to Rio with a couple of matches under our belt which will put the boys in good stead,” Teguramori told SAFA.net.
“This is our last match in Japan before we go to the Rio Olympics; we are really looking forward to play against a team that is also going to the Games.
“This match will afford us a chance to show that our team has some possibility of achieving a good result in Rio. We have to prepare a variety of tactics to play in Olympics as we are facing different opposition with different styles.
“We would like to show the people of Japan how much progress we have made in our attempts to challenge the world. South Africa is a team using physical strength and from what we have seen recently, the team is getting more tactical.
“We don’t have too many opportunities to play against African opposition so this game will be a very important opportunity for us to learn more about African game.”