Tuesday, November 2, 2010

New Zealand Qualify for Futsal World Cup:

New Zealand Futsal Association are proud to announce that the New Zealand Mens Futsal Team have qualified for the AMF (World Futsal Association) Futsal World Cup to be held in Colombia March 16-26th 2011.

New Zealand had to overcome Australia in a qualification game that was also part of the Vikings World Futsal Championships in Malaysia. The game had everything, a huge comeback, overtime and a penalty shootout.

Australia led 3-1 with 3 minutes to play and looked to be on track to qualify when New Zealand scored through Peter Rae and James Vaughan, the latter with just 28 seconds remaining. Both sides had their chances in extra time but the deadlock couldn't be broken and it was left to be decided by a penalty shootout. New Zealand capitalised a 4th round miss by Australia and went on to take the match 5-4 on penalties.

The side will now start their preparations for Colombia where they are grouped with hosts Colombia, Ecuador, Belarus and will be based in Bogota. Congratulations to all the players involved in the qualification and best of luck at the Futsal World Cup.

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