African Women's Championship

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African Women's Championship
Founded 1991
Region Africa (CAF)
Number of teams 8
Current champions  Nigeria (9th title)
Most successful team(s)  Nigeria (9 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 9 titles, meaning they have won all but one of the previous tournaments. Cameroon will host the next championship in 2016.[1]

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
Nigeria
2 – 0
Cameroon

Ivory Coast
1 – 0
South Africa
2016
Details
 Cameroon[2]

Note: abd - match abandoned

Statistics[edit]

Top scorers (Golden boot) by year[edit]

Player Country Year of Tournament Number of goals Ref
1998
Mercy Akide  Nigeria 2000 7 goals
Perpetua Nkwocha  Nigeria 2002 4 goals [3]
Perpetua Nkwocha  Nigeria 2004 9 goals
Perpetua Nkwocha  Nigeria 2006 7 goals
Genoveva Añonma
Noko Matlou
 Equatorial Guinea 2008 6 goals [4]
Perpetua Nkwocha  Nigeria 2010 11 goals
Genoveva Añonma  Equatorial Guinea 2012 6 goals
Desire Oparanozie  Nigeria 2014 5 goals

Best player (Golden ball) by year[edit]

Player Country Year of Tournament Ref
1998
2000
2002
2004
2006
Genoveva Añonma  Equatorial Guinea 2008 [5]
Stella Mbachu  Nigeria 2010 [6]
2012
Azizat Oshoala  Nigeria 2014


Performance by nation[edit]

Team Winners Runners-up Third-place Fourth-place
 Nigeria 9 (1991, 1995, 1998*, 2000, 2002*, 2004, 2006*, 2010, 2014) 1 (2008) 1 (2012)
 Equatorial Guinea 2 (2008*, 2012*) 1 (2010)
 South Africa 4 (1995, 2000*, 2008, 2012) 2 (2006, 2010*) 2 (2002, 2014)
 Ghana 3 (1998, 2002, 2006) 3 (1995**, 2000, 2004)
 Cameroon 3 (1991, 2004, 2014) 2 (2002, 2012) 4 (1998, 2006, 2008, 2010)
 Angola 1 (1995**)
 DR Congo 1 (1998)
 Guinea 1 (1991**)
 Ivory Coast 1 (2014)
 Ethiopia 1 (2004)
 Zimbabwe 1 (2000)
* hosts
** losing semifinals

Participating nations[edit]

Legend
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
Cameroon
2016
Years
 Algeria GS GS GS GS 4
 Angola SF GS 2
 Cameroon 2nd × 4th GS 3rd 2nd 4th 4th 4th 3rd 2nd q 11
 Congo × GS 1
 DR Congo 3rd × × GS GS 3
 Ivory Coast GS 3rd 2
 Egypt GS × × 1
 Equatorial Guinea GS 1st 2nd 1st 4
 Ethiopia GS 4th × GS 3
 Ghana QF SF 2nd 3rd 2nd 3rd 2nd GS GS GS 10
 Guinea SF × 1
 Mali GS GS GS GS GS 5
 Morocco GS GS 2
 Mozambique GS × 1
 Namibia × GS 1
 Nigeria 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 3rd 1st 4th 1st 11
 Réunion GS 1
 Senegal × GS 1
 Sierra Leone QF × × × 1
 South Africa 2nd GS 2nd 4th GS 3rd 2nd 3rd 2nd 4th 10
 Tanzania GS 1
 Tunisia GS 1
 Uganda GS × × 1
 Zambia × QF GS 2
 Zimbabwe × 4th GS GS × 3
Total 4 6 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8

Most tournaments hosted[edit]

Hosts Nation Year(s)
3 times  Nigeria 1998, 2002, 2006
 South Africa 2000, 2004, 2010
2 times  Equatorial Guinea 2008, 2012
1 time  Cameroon 2016*
 Namibia 2014
* Not held yet

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Football: Le Cameroun va abriter la CAN féminine 2016". cameroon-info.net. Christian Tchapmi. September 24, 2013. 
  2. ^ http://lions4life.com/?p=4405
  3. ^ "2002 AWC". Retrieved 29 October 2014. 
  4. ^ "Banyana striker crowned Woman Footballer of the Year". Retrieved 26 October 2014. 
  5. ^ "SA second Ref". Retrieved 26 October 2014. 
  6. ^ "Africa Women Championship". Retrieved 26 October 2014. 

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