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.
He 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.
The speaker said that the victory also marks "the rebirth of our national pride and global image in this round leather game."
He described the victory as an achievement that was uncommon and outstanding on several accounts.
"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 said. NAN