2004 African Women's Championship
|Host country||South Africa|
|Dates||18 September – 3 October|
|Teams||8 (from 1 confederation)|
|Champions||Nigeria (6th title)|
|Goals scored||48 (3 per match)|
|Top scorer(s)||Perpetua Nkwocha (9 goals)|
The 2004 African Women's Championship was the sixth 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 South Africa between 18 September and 3 October 2004.
South Africa qualified automatically as hosts, while the remaining seven spots were determined by the qualifying rounds, which took place from May to July 2004. From this tournament onwards, the defending champions does not receive automatic qualification.
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.
Algeria appeared for the first time in the tournament.
|Team||Qualified as||Qualified on||Previous appearances in tournament1|
|South Africa||Hosts||12 December 2003||4 (1995, 1998, 2000, 2002)|
|Algeria||Winners against Mali||23 July 2004||Debut|
|Ghana||Winners against Guinea||24 July 2004||5 (1991, 1995, 1998, 2000, 2002)|
|Nigeria||Winners against Senegal||24 July 2004||5 (1991, 1995, 1998, 2000, 2002)|
|Cameroon||Winners against Congo||25 July 2004||4 (1991, 1998, 2000, 2002)|
|Ethiopia||Winners against Malawi||25 July 2004||1 (2002)|
|Zimbabwe||Winners against Tanzania||25 July 2004||2 (2000, 2002)|
|Mali||Lucky loser2||July–August 2004||1 (2002)|
- 1 Bold indicates champions for that year. Italic indicates hosts for that year.
The eight teams were divided into two groups of four teams each. The top two teams in the groups advanced to the semi-finals.
The teams were ranked according to points (3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a loss).
In the knockout stage, if a match is level at the end of normal playing time, extra time is played (two periods of 15 minutes each) and followed, if necessary, by kicks from the penalty mark to determine the winner, except for the third place match where no extra time is played.
|28 September - Johannesburg|
|3 October - Johannesburg|
|28 September - Johannesburg|
|1 October - Johannesburg|
|Ghana (p)||0 (6)|
Third place match
|2004 Women's African Football Championship Winners|
|Eliminated in the group stage|
Perpetua Nkwocha was the top scorer of the event with nine goals. In total, 48 goals were scored by 27 players.
- 9 goals
- 4 goals
- 3 goals
- 2 goals
- 1 goal
- "Three bids for Nations Cup 2008". BBC. 12 December 2003. Retrieved 23 November 2017.