A shockwave was sent across the World when the Former Vice President of Egyptian Football Association (EFA), Ahmed Shobier revealed that an original Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) trophy has mysteriously disappeared from the Egyptian FA’s headquarters in Cairo.
The Egyptian national team enjoyed unprecedented success between 2006 to 2010. They won the AFCON trophy on three consecutive occasions (2006, 2008 and 2010).
This meant they were supposed to keep the title permanently.
However, the Egyptian FA in a press statement announced that the AFCON trophy, together with other trophies cannot be found in the FA’s headquarters situated in Cairo.
“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,” the statement said.
In 2013, the EFA headquarters was stormed by angry fans during a violence in Cairo, it remains unclear whether the trophies, including the Nations went missing during the incident.
“The EFA is now investigating the trophies’ disappearance to determine if those old trophies were saved after the building was burned … or if they were lost when the building was exposed during this incident.”
There have also been claims that the AFCON trophy is currently in possession of former captain Ahmed Hassan, he has however refuted those claims.
Reacting to the situation, the Confederation of African football (CAF), which is also headquartered in the city of Cairo, have offered their support to help Egypt find the missing laurel.
“CAF has learnt with shock reports of missing AFCON trophies from the Egyptian Football Association secretariat. Our doors are open and the @EFA can count on our support in the search for the priceless memorabilia,” CAF announced on Twitter.
CAF has learnt with shock reports of missing AFCON trophies from the Egyptian Football Association secretariat. Our doors are open and the @EFA can count on our support in the search for the priceless memorabilia. pic.twitter.com/XSRYRGPzdj
— CAF (@CAF_Online) September 6, 2020