Central Otago took out New Zealands Premier Futsal Trophy when they defeated Auckland in winning the Vikings Futsal NZ National Provincial Championships (NPC) in Christchurch Feb 5-7th 2010.
The NPC is New Zealands top Futsal event which pitted Provincial representative sides from around the country together to be crowned National Champion. The Central Otago side was selected from the Queenstown senior mens league and with a huge Brazilian community in the resort town brought the Samba flair to the NPC.
On the final day of competition four sides (Auckland, Canterbury, Central Otago and Otago) all had the chance to make the final. Auckland booked their spot first with a hard fought draw against Otago 2 all, then Central Otago saw off Canterbury 5-2 to set up a final between the two unbeaten sides.
Central Otago scored first but this was cancelled out quickly by a Bakr Alsaudi (AKL) strike. Central then restored their lead just before half time with a well worked counter attack. The second half remained very tight then with 10 to play Central found the back of the net which left the northerners playing catch up. The Aucklanders replaced their keeper and played with a 5th man, but turnovers lead to two further goals for Central Otago before Alsuadi picked up is second with 90second left.
For now, all the competitors await the announcement of Gui Costa's National Mens side to prepare for the (AMF) World Futsal Associations Futsal X World Cup to be held in Bogota and other cities, Columbia March 2011.