Egypt’s AFCON trophy goes missing in Cairo

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Egypt’s AFCON trophy has mysteriously gone missing. According to reports, the Cup was stolen from the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) headquarters in Cairo.

This was confirmed by Former EFA vice-president Ahmed Shobier in a statement.

The Egyptian national team achieved massive success between 2006 and 2010 when they lifted the AFCON title three times, thus affording the opportunity to claim the floating trophy permanently.

However, the silverware that was achieved under the guidance of legendary coach Hassan Shehata has seemingly been stolen a decade on.

They got to know the cup was missing when the EFA finally decided to build a museum at the headquarters where they can display all medals won over the years but to their surprise, the trophy was nowhere to be found.

“The EFA started looking for some trophies as they aim to put them in a notable museum inside the EFA,” Shobier said.

“However, the EFA was surprised to find that the AFCON trophy was lost and decided to open an investigation.

“They were informed by an employee inside the association that it was held by former Egypt captain Ahmed Hassan who refuted this claim. Nobody knows where is the trophy at the time being.”

According to Shobir, EFA employees said that former Egypt national team captain Ahmed Hassan kept the trophy with him.

Hassan denied the claim, saying that he kept the trophy at home after winning the Africa Cup of Nations title in 2010 and gave the trophy back to the Egyptian Football Association in 2011.

Egypt were allowed to obtain a special full-size replica of the trophy after winning three Africa Cup of Nations titles in a row between 2006 and 2010.

“The EFA board wanted to put trophies and medals in a museum inside the EFA headquarter as the EFA celebrates its 100th anniversary but they were surprised when they found that the trophy was lost.” Ahmed Shobir said.

Hossam Hassan was the national team’s captain in 2006 and lifted the trophy in front of 80k fans at Cairo stadium.

Ahmed Hassan was the national team’s captain in 2008 in Ghana and 2010 in Angola.

Trophy destroyed in fire

GOAL reports that Former Fifa Board Member and Pharaohs great Abdelghani later confirmed that the cup was one of several items of silverware that had been lost in a fire seven years ago.

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