African Women's Championship

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African Women's Championship
Founded 1991
Region Africa (CAF)
Number of teams 8
Current champions  Equatorial Guinea
Most successful team(s)  Nigeria
(8 times)
2014 African Women's Championship

The African Women's Championship is a biennial competition in women's football for national teams which belong to the Confederation of African Football (CAF). Nine tournaments have been held, with the current champions being Nigeria. Nigeria has 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.

History[edit]

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.

Results[edit]

Year Host nation Final Semi Finals Losers
Winner Score Second Place
1991
Details
home sites
Nigeria
2 – 0
4 – 0

Cameroon

Guinea
and
Zambia (withdrew)
1995
Details
home sites
Nigeria
4 – 1
7 – 1

South Africa

Angola
and
Ghana
Year Host nation Final Third Place Match
Winner Score Second Place Third Place Score Fourth Place
1998
Details
 Nigeria
Nigeria
2 – 0
Ghana

DR Congo
3 – 3
(3 – 1)
penalties

Cameroon
2000
Details
 South Africa
Nigeria
2 – 0
(abd 73')

South Africa

Ghana
6 – 3
Zimbabwe
2002
Details
 Nigeria
Nigeria
2 – 0
Ghana

Cameroon
3 – 0
South Africa
2004
Details
 South Africa
Nigeria
5 – 0
Cameroon

Ghana
0 – 0
(6 – 5)
penalties

Ethiopia
2006
Details
 Nigeria
Nigeria
1 – 0
Ghana

South Africa
2 – 2
(5 – 4)
penalties

Cameroon
2008
Details
 Equatorial Guinea
Equatorial Guinea
2 – 1
South Africa

Nigeria
1 – 1
(5 – 4)
penalties

Cameroon
2010
Details
 South Africa
Nigeria
4 – 2
Equatorial Guinea

South Africa
2 – 0
Cameroon
2012
Details
 Equatorial Guinea
Equatorial Guinea
4 – 0
South Africa

Cameroon
1 – 0
Nigeria
2014
Details
 Namibia

Note: abd - match abandoned

Statistics[edit]

Performance by nation[edit]

Rank Nation Winners Runners-up Third Place Fourth Place Total
1  Nigeria 8 0 1 1 10
2  Equatorial Guinea 2 1 0 0 3
3  South Africa 0 4 2 1 7
4  Ghana 0 3 3 0 6
5  Cameroon 0 2 2 4 8
6  Angola 0 0 1 0 1
 DR Congo 0 0 1 0 1
 Guinea 0 0 1 0 1
 Zambia 0 0 1 0 1
10  Ethiopia 0 0 0 1 1
 Zimbabwe 0 0 0 1 1
Total 10 10 12 8 40

Participating nations[edit]

Team 1991 1995 Nigeria
1998
South Africa
2000
Nigeria
2002
South Africa
2004
Nigeria
2006
Equatorial Guinea
2008
South Africa
2010
Equatorial Guinea
2012
Namibia
2014
Years
 Algeria GS GS GS q 4
 Angola SF GS 2
 Cameroon 2nd w 4th GS 3rd 2nd 4th 4th 4th 3rd q 10
 Congo w GS 2
 DR Congo 3rd w w GS GS 3
 Ivory Coast GS q 2
 Egypt GS w w 1
 Equatorial Guinea GS 1st 2nd 1st 4
 Ethiopia GS 4th w GS 3
 Ghana QF SF 2nd 3rd 2nd 3rd 2nd GS GS q 10
 Guinea SF w 1
 Mali GS GS GS GS GS 5
 Morocco GS GS 2
 Mozambique GS w 1
 Namibia w q 1
 Nigeria 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 3rd 1st 4th q 11
 Réunion GS 1
 Senegal w GS 1
 Sierra Leone QF w w w 1
 South Africa 2nd GS 2nd 4th GS 3rd 2nd 3rd 2nd q 10
 Tanzania GS 1
 Tunisia GS 1
 Uganda GS w w 1
 Zambia w QF q 2
 Zimbabwe w 4th GS GS w 3
Total 4 6 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
Legend
  • 1st – Champions
  • 2nd – Runners-up
  • 3rd – Third place
  • 4th – Fourth place
  • SF – Semi Finals
  • QF – Quarter Finals
  • GS – Group stage
  • w – Withdrew
  • q – Qualified
  •     — Hosts

Tournament appearances[edit]

Appearances Nation
11  Cameroon
 Nigeria
10  Ghana
 South Africa
5  Mali
4  Algeria
 Equatorial Guinea
 Zimbabwe
3  DR Congo
 Ethiopia
 Zambia
2  Angola
 Ivory Coast
 Congo
 Guinea
 Morocco
 Senegal
1  Egypt
 Mozambique
 Namibia
 Réunion
 Sierra Leone
 Tanzania
 Tunisia
 Uganda

Most tournaments hosted[edit]

Hosts Nation Year(s)
3 times  Nigeria 1998, 2002, 2006
3 times  South Africa 2000, 2004, 2010
2 times  Equatorial Guinea 2008, 2012
1 time  Namibia 2014

External links[edit]