2006 African Women's Championship
|Host country|| Gabon (original hosts)
Nigeria (replacement hosts)
|Dates||28 October – 11 November 2006|
|Teams||8 (from 1 confederation)|
|Venue(s)||4 (in 4 host cities)|
|Champions||Nigeria (7th title)|
|Third place||South Africa|
|Goals scored||54 (3.38 per match)|
|Top scorer(s)|| Perpetua Nkwocha
|Best player||Portia Modise|
The 2006 Women's African Football Championship was the seventh edition of the African Women's Championship (now known as the Africa Women Cup of Nations), the biennial international football championship organised by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) for the women's national teams of Africa. It was held in Nigeria between 28 October and 11 November 2006.
The tournament was originally scheduled to be held in Gabon, but the country withdrew from hosting the competition due to organisational reasons. The CAF awarded the hosting of the competition to Nigeria in May 2006.
Initially, the tournament was scheduled for September 2006, but it was moved to October due to weather considerations.
The tournament determined the CAF's two qualifiers for the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup — the winner Nigeria and the runner-up Ghana. Nigeria won its seventh consecutive title, beating Ghana 1–0 in the final. South African Portia Modise was named player of the championship.
Gabon qualified automatically as hosts, while the remaining seven spots were determined by the qualifying rounds, which took place from March to August 2006.
Before Gabon's withdrawal, Nigeria entered qualification and was scheduled to play Equatorial Guinea in the second round. After CAF elected Nigeria as replacement hosts, the match was called off and both teams qualified for the final tournament. Gabon did not retain its automatic qualification and therefore, was excluded from the tournament.
Qualification ties were played on a home-and-away two-legged basis. If the aggregate score was tied after the second leg, the away goals rule would be applied, and if still level, the penalty shoot-out would be used to determine the winner (no extra time would be played).
The seven winners of the final round qualified for the final tournament.
Equatorial Guinea appeared for the first time in the tournament.
|Team||Qualified as||Qualified on||Previous appearances in tournament1|
|Nigeria||Replacement hosts||17 May 2006||6 (1991, 1995, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004)|
|Equatorial Guinea||By default||17 May 2006||Debut|
|South Africa||Winners against Tanzania||4 August 2006||5 (1995, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004)|
|Algeria||Winners against Egypt||5 August 2006||1 (2004)|
|Ghana||Winners by default against Congo||5 August 2006||6 (1991, 1995, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004)|
|Cameroon||Winners against Kenya||5 August 2006||5 (1991, 1998, 2000, 2002)|
|DR Congo||Winners against Senegal||5 August 2006||1 (1998)|
|Mali||Winners against Benin||6 August 2006||2 (2002, 2004)|
1 Bold indicates champions for that year. Italic indicates hosts for that year.
Equatorial Guinea arrived at Murtala Mohammed Airport in a private chartered plane, which did not have clearance to land. The players were not allowed to disembark for three hours, and despite organising officials trying to remedy the situation, the Equatorial Guinea players apparently left for home, unhappy with the treatment they received by airport officials. However, their first match went ahead on time.
October 28, 2006
|Phewa 1', 35'
October 28, 2006
|Uwak 4', 9'
|Report||Chinasa Okoro 16'
October 31, 2006
Nkwocha 20', 90+'
October 31, 2006
|Equatorial Guinea||0–2||South Africa|
November 3, 2006
Essiane 72', 78'
Bouhani 56', 76'
November 1, 2006
Diarra 69', 90'
November 4, 2006
|Vumongo 51'||(BBC)||Amankwa 22', 32'
November 7, 2006
Nkwocha 45', 46', 54'
Third place match
November 10, 2006
|Cameroon||2 – 2
|Bella 48' (pen.)
25,000 people watched the match, which was described by the BBC as "a drab encounter". Both teams qualified for the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup.
|2006 Women's African Football Championship Winners|
References and notes
- Gabon pulls out of hosting AWC, from BBC, retrieved 29 May 2006
- "Nigeria awarded 2006 AWC". Daily Graphic. Retrieved 26 November 2017.
- "CAF delays Women's Championship". BBC Sport. Retrieved 26 November 2017.
- "Portia simply the Ellis". Sowetan. Retrieved 26 November 2017.
- E/Guinea Flies into Trouble, Return to Malabo Archived 2007-09-30 at the Wayback Machine., from thisdayonline.com, retrieved 29 October 2006