The Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) trophy has reportedly been stolen from the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) headquarters in Cairo. It has been confirmed that the trophy missing in Egypt
The Africa Cup of Nations trophy was permanently retained by Egypt after they won the title three times in a row. However, the Ex-Egyptian Football Association vice-president Ahmed Shobeir earlier revealed that the trophy was discovered missing during preparations to build a museum to house all of the silverware won by the North African nation.
“As the Egyptian FA is currently developing the main headquarters, including changing the entrance to a small museum of Egyptian football, the management was shocked by the disappearance of some old trophies from the storeroom,” said the EFA in a statement.
After the EFA headquarters were attacked in 2013, various trophies – including the Nations Cup – were moved to a storeroom. However, local officials only searched for them recently after the decision to renovate the EFA’s entrance so that Egypt’s multiple football cups could be displayed there.
Hassan, the former captain of the Pharaohs took to social media to state his position on the matter. “I wish I had kept the cup in my house instead of it being lost, and I am surprised that I’m being questioned about the cup after nine years, despite the presence of two FA boards, and the five-year committee for a year and two months…but they’re only now looking for the cup!