African Women's Championship
|Number of teams||8|
|Current champions||Equatorial Guinea (2nd title)|
|Most successful team(s)||Nigeria (8 titles)|
|2014 African Women's Championship|
The African Women's Championship is an international women's football competition held every two years and sanctioned by the Confederation of African Football (CAF). It was first contested in 1991, but was not held biennially until 1998. Nigeria is the most successful nation is the tournament's history, having won a record 8 titles, meaning they have won all but one of the previous tournaments.
The competition has served as a qualifying tournament for the FIFA Women's World Cup every other year since its inception in 1991. In 2006, the final round of the competition took place in Nigeria for the third time, replacing Gabon, which was initially granted the right to host but later pulled out citing financial difficulties.
In 2000, hosts South Africa met three-time champions Nigeria in the final game of the tournament. After Nigeria finished the first half ahead 1-0, Nigeria's Stella Mbachu scored a second goal in the 72nd minute and the home crowd realized there was no coming back. Supporters began hurling bottles and other debris at officials and Nigerian players. The match was abandoned after three attempts at restarts were all interrupted by further disturbances. Riot police began fighting battles with bottle-throwing supporters about 40 minutes after the goal had been allowed, throwing tear gas into the crowd to break up the disturbance. The game and the tournament were awarded to Nigeria.
Note: abd - match abandoned
Performance by nation
|Nigeria||8 (1991, 1995, 1998*, 2000, 2002*, 2004, 2006*, 2010)||–||1 (2008)||1 (2012)|
|Equatorial Guinea||2 (2008*, 2012*)||1 (2010)||–||–|
|South Africa||–||4 (1995, 2000*, 2008, 2012)||2 (2006, 2010*)||1 (2002)|
|Ghana||–||3 (1998, 2002, 2006)||3 (1995**, 2000, 2004)||–|
|Cameroon||–||2 (1991, 2004)||2 (2002, 2012)||4 (1998, 2006, 2008, 2010)|
|DR Congo||–||–||1 (1998)||–|
** losing semifinals
|3|| DR Congo
Most tournaments hosted
|3 times||Nigeria||1998, 2002, 2006|
|3 times||South Africa||2000, 2004, 2010|
|2 times||Equatorial Guinea||2008, 2012|