The African cup of nations trophy has gone missing on the 4th of September which has reportedly been ’stolen’ from the Egyptian Football Association headquarters in Cairo. The Egyptian Football Federation confirmed to Goal that the trophy won by the Pharaohs three times in a row has been lost.
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.
“Officials of the committee which meets every five years and currently manages the Football Association were surprised that the trophy was not available, in light of their desire to create a museum at the federation headquarters, which would feature the trophy and the national team’s kits, However, [they] were surprised to find that the Afcon trophy was lost, and decided to open an investigation”. Shobeir said
It was initially claimed that former captain Ahmed Hassan – who skippered the team to success at the biennial tournament in 2006, 2008, and 2010 – was in possession of the trophy, although he subsequently denied the claim.
Egypt are the most successful country in the history of the Africa Cup of Nations, having won the trophy seven times since 1957.