Lagos Havens captain Azuka Chika Kelvin has his sights firmly set on silverware and insists his side’s focus is to win and to win only as Havens look to win the 2021 Nigeria Rugby League title.
Havens made a statement about their intentions this season by steamrollering Lagos Broncos in their season-opening Southern Conference tie at the Navy Barracks pitch, Ajegunle Apapa, Lagos on Sunday.
Kelvin was in the thick of the action as Kiki Stephen scored three tries and John Precious, Tom Ezekiel and Kingsley Okoli added one try each, while Precious weighed in with three conversions as Havens strolled to a dominant 30-10 victory.
It was a befitting performance to herald the restart of a league that has been in abeyance since the inaugural 2019 edition due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Speaking to busybuddiesng.com after their win, Kelvin said his team had worked long and hard in the offseason to hit the ground running when the season starts and Sunday’s victory was a natural outcome of their efforts.
“Of course, we’ve been anticipating for this moment [when the league will start again]. I think because of the one value we have, and also knowing that we’ve been training for a long time, it also added to our success of winning today,” Kelvin said.
With such a dominant win in their opening game, Havens are bursting with confidence and Kelvin is more than optimistic about their chances of making the playoffs.
The win moved Havens to the top of the Southern Conference. The top two teams from the Southern and Northern Conferences will vie for the league title.
“Of course, I would say one hundred per cent confident [about our chances for the rest of the season],” he said. “Every match we’re giving our one hundred per cent best, off and on the pitch.
“We communicate once in a while with players that are not on ground, so that they can do their personal work out at home. So we believe, definitely, just like we did last season, this time around we’re going to do much more better.”
And if Sunday’s showing wasn’t enough notice, Kelvin has an even more ominous warning for rival teams.
“Next game expectation is going to be more than this. Whoever we are playing in our next game we should expect something hotter than this.”
Havens are next in action at the weekend.