The eastern European nation have never featured in a major event since they gained independence from the Soviet Union 21 years ago and are currently on a six-game winless run
Hawrylovich, Kuzmyanok, Palitsevich, Vitus
Drahun, Baha, Aleksiyevich, Bressan
Hogg, Nelsen, Musa, Smith
Barbarouses, McGlinchey, McGeorge, Rojas
Belarus are expected to name their two talismanic presences, Sergei Kornilenko and Renan Bressan, in their starting line-up as they look for a first ever win at a competitive tournament.
The duo are two of the squad's over-age players, with the versatile Stanislaw Drahun being the other, and will look to lead their younger peers by example in this Group C opener.
New Zealand, meanwhile, will also look to build their team around a famous presence as defensive cornerstone Ryan Nelsen attempts to lead his side to glory.
West Brom youngster Chris Wood will look to continue his partnership with Perth Glory FC striker Shane Smeltz with both strikers linking up in the World Cup in South Africa just two years ago.
Another World Cup squad member Michael McGlinchey, formerly of Motherwell, will also be a crucial part of the side with his box-to-box runs from midfield.
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- Belarus have yet to appear in a competitive tournament finals since the country was established in 1991 after gaining independence from the Soviet Union.
- The eastern Europeans reached the semi-finals of the Under-21 European Championship in 2011, however, with several players from that squad featuring at the Games.
- New Zealand's head coach Neil Emblen has the more experienced squad to choose from; 13 players in this squad have played for the All Whites' senior national team with five of those playing in the 2010 World Cup, including West Brom's Chris Wood (pictured right).
- The Kiwis have won three and lost just one of their six games building up to this competition.
- The All Whites scored an impressive 15 goals in four qualifying games for this event, although 10 of those came in one match - against Tonga.
- They made their Olympics debut in Beijing four year ago, drawing 1-1 with China, losing 5-0 to Brazil and also losing to eventual semi-finalists Belgium 1-0.