With their national senior side outside the top 100 in the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking, Zimbabwe have long been underdogs on the international stage. Their only previous appearance in a FIFA tournament came in 1989, when they qualified for the FIFA Futsal World Cup in the Netherlands.

Despite this, Zimbabwe have a large participation base with some 650,000 players – the largest of the competing nations at Singapore 2010. The African nation have focussed on youth development and participated in qualifying for both the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup and the 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup.

The U-15 team is made up of players from various schools in the country's ten provinces, with the squad spending six months training together in the build-up to the Singapore 2010. During the process they played five tune-up games against local youth sides, racking up 39 goals in the process at an average of nearly eight goals per game. The team went through five week-long camps over a three-month period, also playing friendlies against local club sides and school teams before arriving in Singapore. Their two most recent results were a 5-0 win over local club Dynamos FC and a 3-1 victory over Gunnas FC.

Coach Mumaza Dube says he hopes the youngsters can gain international experience to develop quickly and have a chance of graduating to future FIFA World Cup or Olympic teams. “We are serious about this competition, but this is a first international experience for these boys and I just want them to give a good performance," Dube said.