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Rio 2016 Tournament officially kicks off as Nigeria competes with other Nations (PHOTOS)

Nigeria's U-23 football team put in a good effort to defeat Japan in their opening game at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

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The stage is set for the 2016 Rio Olympics taking place between August 5 - 21 in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.

Nigeria's outing could not have gotten any more weird, after a mix-up with the country's national anthem.

Flags of participating nations play

Flags of participating nations

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Various issues such as the Zika virus, Russia's doping scandal and the poor level of preparedness of the Nigerian team have foreshadowed this prestigious event.

Opening ceremony display play

Opening ceremony display

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Despite all these, Nigeria will be looking at winning as much gold medals as possible.

Brazil's flag on a high display play

Brazil's flag on a high display

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The country will be participating in sporting events such as swimming, Men's football, basketball and others.

The opening ceremony of the Olympics took place on the late evening of Friday, August 5, 2016.

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