• Nigeria are making their seventh appearance in the Olympics.
  • The Super Eagles won gold at Atlanta in 1996 and settled for silver in 2008 at Beijing.

Japan take on Atlanta 1996 gold medalists Nigeria in their opening encounter in Group B on Friday (5 August).

Where to watch live

Kick-off is set for 2am BST (Friday). The football matches of the Rio 2016 Olympics will be telecasted live on BBC One, BBC Four and Red Button in the United Kingdom. In addition to this, there will be up to 24 HD video streams to follow the event on desktop, mobile and tablet.

Below is a list of all Olympics 2016 Football broadcasters from across the world.


Nigeria is looking to add to the one gold medal they won at the 1996 Atlanta games. It is their seventh appearance in the Olympics. Only Argentina and Brazil have appeared more times than the African nation. The 2008 runners-up have always excelled in the youth tournaments with the Nigeria U17 side winning the U17 World Cup in Chile last year.

Samson Siasia is leading the team for the second time following his stint at the Beijing Olympics in 2008, when the Super Eagles had to settle for silver after they lost in the final to Lionel Messi's Argentina side. They achieved qualification this time by winning the African U23 championships, and will again hope to make it to the latter stages of the competition. Jon Obi Mikel is the most recognised member of the team, and will have to shoulder most of the responsibility of guiding the younger players.

Takuma Asano
Arsenal summer signing Takuma Asano will lead the line for Japan at the 2016 Rio Olympics Getty

Japan's best performance in the Olympics is a bronze medal at the 1968 games held in Mexico. They came close in 2012, but lost the third place match to Asian rivals South Korea. The Blue Samurai will hope to replicate their performance from 2012 and look to go a step further.

Arsenal supporters will have a vested interest in Japan's fortunes, as their forward line is being led by Takuma Asano, who was Arsene Wenger's second summer signing in this summer's transfer window. Apart from the former Sanfrecce Hiroshima forward, the coach will look to the three overage players to help the team progress in the tournament.

Nigeria lead the head-to-head record between the two teams in the Olympics. They have met on three occasions with Nigeria winning two, their most recent win coming in the 2008 edition at Beijing.

Team News


Possible XI: Akpeyi – Shehu, Madu, Amuzie, Troost-Ekong – Mikel, Etebo, Mohammed – Junior, Ezekiel, Umar.


Possible XI: Kushibik – Fujiharu, Shiotani, Muroya, Kamekawa – Nakajima, Endo, Harakawa, Minamino – Koroki, Asano.

Below is a list of TV channels that would air the game around the world:

United KingdomBBC
AlgeriabeIN Sports Arabia
BrazilFox Sports Brazil
ChileESPN, Fox Sports
ColombiaESPN, Fox Sports
Costa RicaESPN
FranceFrance 4, Foot+
HondurasClaro Sports
Hong KongTVB Sport
IrelandLFC TV
ItalyPremium Sport HD
Middle EastbeIN Sports Arabia
New ZealandSKY GO NZ
NorwayTV2 Sumo
PortugalSport TV3
SpainTVE La 1, TDP
United StatesUSA Network, NBC Sports