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The Total Africa Women Cup of Nations (known as the African Women's Championship until 2015) 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 in the tournament's history, having won a record 11 titles, meaning they have won all but two of the previous tournaments. Ghana hosted the tournament in 2018.[1]

Africa Women Cup of Nations
Africa Women Cup of Nations logo.png
Founded1991
RegionAfrica (CAF)
Number of teams8
Current champions Nigeria (11th title)
Most successful team(s) Nigeria (11 titles)
2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations

The competition has served as a qualifying tournament for the FIFA Women's World Cup every other tournament since its inception in 1991.

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HistoryEdit

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.

NominationEdit

On 6 August 2015, the CAF Executive Committee decided to change the name of the tournament from the African Women's Championship to the Africa Women Cup of Nations, similar to the men's version, Africa Cup of Nations.[2]

SponsorshipEdit

In July 2016, Total has secured an eight-year sponsorship package from the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to support 10 of its principal competitions.[3] Due to this sponsorship, the Africa Women Cup of Nations is named "Total Africa Women Cup of Nations".

ResultsEdit

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)
 
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[4]  
Nigeria
1 – 0  
Cameroon
 
Ghana
1 – 0  
South Africa
2018
Details
  Ghana  
Nigeria
0 – 0
(4–3)
penalties
 
South Africa
 
Cameroon
4 – 2  
Mali
2020
Details
  Congo[5]

Note: abd – match abandoned in the 73rd minute

StatisticsEdit

Performance by nationEdit

Team Winners Runners-up Third-place Fourth-place Total top four
  Nigeria 11 (1991, 1995, 1998*, 2000, 2002*, 2004, 2006*, 2010, 2014, 2016, 2018) 1 (2008) 1 (2012) 13
  Equatorial Guinea 2 (2008*, 2012*) 1 (2010) 3
  South Africa 5 (1995, 2000*, 2008, 2012, 2018) 2 (2006, 2010*) 3 (2002, 2014, 2016) 10
  Cameroon 4 (1991, 2004, 2014, 2016*) 3 (2002, 2012, 2018) 4 (1998, 2006, 2008, 2010) 11
  Ghana 3 (1998, 2002, 2006) 4 (1995**, 2000, 2004, 2016) 7
  Guinea 1 (1991**) 1
  Angola 1 (1995**) 1
  DR Congo 1 (1998) 1
  Ivory Coast 1 (2014) 1
  Zimbabwe 1 (2000) 1
  Ethiopia 1 (2004) 1
  Mali 1 (2018) 1
* hosts
** losing semi-finals

General statisticsEdit

Pos Team Part Pld W D L GF GA Dif Pts
1   Nigeria 12 62 52 6 4 204 27 +177 162
2   South Africa 11 46 21 5 20 76 75 +1 71
3   Cameroon 12 49 20 10 19 60 77 −17 70
4   Ghana 11 37 18 6 13 61 42 +19 60
5   Equatorial Guinea 4 18 13 2 3 45 21 +24 41
6   Zimbabwe 4 14 2 5 7 13 28 −15 11
7   Mali 6 18 3 2 13 17 48 −31 11
8   Ivory Coast 2 8 3 1 4 15 15 0 10
9   DR Congo 3 11 2 3 6 14 31 −17 9
10   Ethiopia 3 11 1 4 6 6 24 −18 7
11   Algeria 4 12 2 1 9 11 32 −21 7
12   Uganda 1 3 1 1 1 4 6 −2 4
13   Morocco 2 6 1 1 4 5 22 −17 4
14   Namibia 1 3 1 0 2 3 5 −2 3
15   Congo 1 3 1 0 2 3 6 −3 3
16   Egypt 2 6 1 0 5 3 21 −18 3
17   Angola 2 5 0 2 3 6 9 −3 2
18   Tunisia 1 3 0 1 2 3 5 −2 1
19   Zambia 2 5 0 1 4 6 20 −14 1
20   Mozambique 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
21   Tanzania 1 3 0 0 3 3 8 −5 0
22   Réunion 1 3 0 0 3 2 7 −5 0
23   Guinea 1 2 0 0 2 0 7 −7 0
24   Senegal 1 3 0 0 3 0 7 −7 0
25   Kenya 1 3 0 0 3 2 10 −8 0
26   Sierra Leone 1 2 0 0 2 0 11 −11 0

Top scorers (Golden boot) by yearEdit

Player Country Year of Tournament Number of goals Ref
1998
Mercy Akide   Nigeria 2000 7 goals
Perpetua Nkwocha   Nigeria 2002 4 goals [6]
Perpetua Nkwocha   Nigeria 2004 9 goals
Perpetua Nkwocha   Nigeria 2006 7 goals
Genoveva Añonma
Noko Matlou
  Equatorial Guinea 2008 6 goals [7]
Perpetua Nkwocha   Nigeria 2010 11 goals
Genoveva Añonma   Equatorial Guinea 2012 6 goals
Desire Oparanozie   Nigeria 2014 5 goals
Asisat Oshoala   Nigeria 2016 6 goals
Thembi Kgatlana   South Africa 2018 5 goals

Best player (Golden ball) by yearEdit

Player Country Year of Tournament Ref
1998
2000
2002
Perpetua Nkwocha   Nigeria 2004 [8]
Portia Modise   South Africa 2006 [9]
Genoveva Añonma   Equatorial Guinea 2008 [10]
Stella Mbachu   Nigeria 2010 [11]
2012
Asisat Oshoala   Nigeria 2014 [12]
Gabrielle Onguéné   Cameroon 2016 [13]

Hat-tricksEdit

Notable hat-tricksEdit

Participating nationsEdit

Team  
1991
 
1995
 
1998
 
2000
 
2002
 
2004
 
2006
 
2008
 
2010
 
2012
 
2014
 
2016
 
2018
 
2020
Years
  Algeria GS GS GS GS GS 5
  Angola SF GS 2
  Cameroon 2nd × 4th GS 3rd 2nd 4th 4th 4th 3rd 2nd 2nd 3rd 12
  Congo × GS q 2
  DR Congo 3rd × × GS GS × 3
  Egypt GS × × GS 2
  Equatorial Guinea GS 1st 2nd 1st GS 5
  Ethiopia GS 4th × GS 3
  Ghana QF SF 2nd 3rd 2nd 3rd 2nd GS GS GS 3rd GS 12
  Guinea SF × 1
  Ivory Coast GS 3rd 2
  Kenya x x x x GS 1
  Mali GS GS GS GS GS GS 4th 7
  Morocco GS GS 2
  Mozambique GS × 1
  Namibia × GS 1
  Nigeria 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 3rd 1st 4th 1st 1st 1st 13
  Réunion GS 1
  Senegal × GS 1
  Sierra Leone QF × × × × 1
  South Africa 2nd GS 2nd 4th GS 3rd 2nd 3rd 2nd 4th 4th 2nd 12
  Tanzania GS 1
  Tunisia GS 1
  Uganda GS × × 1
  Zambia × QF GS GS 3
  Zimbabwe × 4th GS GS × GS 4
Total (26 Teams) 4 6 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
Legend

Most tournaments hostedEdit

Hosts Nation Year(s)
3 times   Nigeria 1998, 2002, 2006
  South Africa 2000, 2004, 2010
2 times   Equatorial Guinea 2008, 2012
1 time   Namibia 2014
  Cameroon 2016
  Ghana 2018
  Republic of the Congo 2020

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Football: Le Cameroun va abriter la CAN féminine 2016". cameroon-info.net. Christian Tchapmi. September 24, 2013. Archived from the original on 2014-10-18.
  2. ^ "Decisions of CAF Executive Committee on 6 August 2015". CAF. 9 August 2015.
  3. ^ AfricaNews (2017-04-18). "Total to sponsor CAF competitions for the next eight years". Africanews. Retrieved 2017-04-18.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-10-22. Retrieved 2014-10-22.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Decisions of CAF Executive Committee - 27 & 28 September 2018". CAF. 29 September 2018.
  6. ^ "2002 AWC". Retrieved 29 October 2014.
  7. ^ "Banyana striker crowned Woman Footballer of the Year". Retrieved 26 October 2014.
  8. ^ "Star bio: Nigeria's Perpetua Nkwocha". Retrieved 15 June 2011.
  9. ^ "Portia Modise: Centurion in numbers". Retrieved 20 October 2014.
  10. ^ "SA second Ref". Retrieved 26 October 2014.
  11. ^ "Africa Women Championship". Retrieved 26 October 2014.[permanent dead link]
  12. ^ http://sportpageng.com/asisat-oshoala-caf-awards-good-for-my-career/
  13. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-12-30. Retrieved 2016-12-29.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)

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