The Egyptian Football Federation has confirmed that the Africa Cup of Nations trophy has been lost.
The Africa Cup of Nations trophy was permanently held by Egypt after they won the title multiple times in succession.
Furthermore, Ex-Egyptian Football Association VP Ahmed Shobeir prior uncovered that the trophy was found missing during arrangements to fabricate a gallery to house the entirety of the flatware won by the North African country.
Shobeir, on the ‘On Time Sports’ TV show, stated: “Authorities of the panel which meets like clockwork and as of now deals with the Football Association were amazed that the trophy was not accessible, considering their longing to make an exhibition hall at the league central command, which would include the trophy and the public group’s packs”.
“Notwithstanding, [they] were astonished to find that the Afcon trophy was lost, and chose to open an examination.”
It was at first guaranteed that previous commander Ahmed Hassan – who skippered the group to progress at the biennial competition in 2006, 2008, and 2010 – was in control of the trophy, despite the fact that he consequently denied the case.
“The panel looked for the trophy, however then a worker revealed to them that Ahmed Hassan, the previous skipper of the Egyptian public group, who won the cup multiple times straight, has kept it,” Shobeir included.
Afterward, ex-Egypt midfielder Abdelghani explained in a public interview that the trophy had been lost in a fire related accident seven years back.
He stated: “After the consuming of the Football Association base camp, a few cups were lost, and the issue was explored including the Africa Cup of Nations that we held”.
Some said that the cup had been with Shawky Gharib, the former general coach of the Egypt national team, and some say it had been with Hassan, the former captain of the Pharaohs.”
Reacting to the trophy’s disappearance, Hassan 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,” he posted on his @AhmedHassan Twitter handle, 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!”
“One of the members of the five-year committee contacted me and told me that they would put a picture of me with the African Nations Cup on the wall inside the federation,” Hassan continued, and he asked me about the cup.