The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal, said the victory of Super Eagles at the AFCON 2013, marked a new beginning in the history of soccer in Nigeria.
Tambuwal said this at a special session held by the house to honour the victorious Super Eagles in Abuja yesterday.
"This Special Session holds today to relish, cherish, celebrate and honour you for this uncommon achievement that no doubt marks a new beginning in the annals of Nigerian Soccer.
"And the rebirth of our national pride and global image in this round leather game," he said.
He described the victory as an achievement that was uncommon and outstanding on several accounts.According to him, nobody gave the team any chance prior to the commencement of the competition.This victory is a lesson in self confidence rather than arrogance, a lesson in self respect, a lesson in shear doggedness, a lesson in personal sacrifice in the promotion of national interest." .
He urged Nigerians not to relent in their efforts to support the team as there were more daunting tasks ahead.Tambuwal said: "as we bask in the euphoria of this victory, we must quickly remind ourselves that the task ahead is more daunting."
"We seek not merely to be African Champions because that much we have been twice before, but seek to be the greatest. Our goal, therefore, must be to overtake whatever achievements in this continental soccer competition attained by other nations," he said.
The Head Coach of the Super Eagles, Stephen Keshi, in a remark said that the team would continue to make everything possible to make the country and Nigerians proud.
He promised that the team would put the interest of the country and Nigerians in their hearts in everything they do.