New Zealand will be competing in their third Men’s Olympic Football Tournament. They exited at the group stage on both previous occasions, with their best results being draws against China PR (2008) and Egypt (2012).
The road to Tokyo
New Zealand impressed in qualifying with a perfect record of five straight wins during a physically gruelling qualifying competition in Fiji. Without several key personnel, the Kiwis overpowered the host nation 6-1 in the semi-final, and reprised that form in the final by routing Solomon Islands 5-0, qualifying with a tally of 33 goals scored and four conceded.
12 – Forward Myer Bevan scored a dozen of New Zealand’s goal tally to finish as the qualifying tournament’s top-scorer. The Auckland-born Bevan, who debuted for the senior national side aged just 20, completed a rare double in Fiji, having also topped the scoring charts during qualifying for the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup.