Kayode celebrates with teammates
The Flying Eagles of Nigeria
won the Fair Play award at the just-concluded 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup
The African champions, who lost out in the quarter-finals to France, picked up just three cautions in their five games, bettered only by Ecuador with two cautions in three games.
Nigeria also finished as the second highest goal scorers with 15 efforts, surpassed only by champions Brazil who scored 18.
Brazil's Henrique picked up both the Golden Ball - for the best player - and the Golden Boot - for the highest goal scorer, while Portugal's Mika won the Golden Glove for the best goalkeeper.
John Obuh looks set to retain his position as Flying Eagles head coach, SuperSport.com can report.
The coach, who also manages Nigeria Premier League (NPL) side, Sharks, has been given a vote of confidence from the leadership of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF). NFF president, Aminu Maigari expressed satisfaction with the team's performance.
Obuh's men have also enjoyed same plaudit from the NFF acting secretary general, Musa Amadu and board member, Chris Green.
"I'm happy with the performance of the team. They showed the true character of a Nigerian team in Colombia," Maigari said.
After beguiling everyone with their free-flowing attacking football in the group phase, so much so that many an expert tipped them to go all the way, the Nigeria
squad were understandably forlorn as they contemplated their exit from the FIFA U-20 World Cup Colombia 2011
on Sunday evening.
The pain of their 3-2 extra-time quarter-final defeat to France was still etched on the players’ faces as they emerged from the bowels of the Estadio Pascual Guerrero in Cali, some 90 minutes after the final whistle had called time on their Colombian adventure.
Their compelling brand of football had not gone unappreciated, however, and as they filed out tournament volunteers and stadium officials lined up to give them a heartfelt round of applause, an indication of the high regard the locals have for the African entertainers.