The Africa Cup of Nations trophy has been stolen from the Egyptian Soccer Affiliation headquarters in Cairo.
The Egyptian Soccer Federation confirmed to Aim that the trophy gained by the Pharaohs 3 times in a row had been misplaced.
In keeping with native studies, the previous Egyptian Soccer Affiliation, Vice President, who can also be the present ONTime Sports activities broadcaster, Ahmed Shobir, the trophy was found lacking throughout preparations to construct a museum to accommodate all of the silverware gained by the North African nation.
He mentioned they had been knowledgeable by an worker contained in the affiliation that it was final held by former Egypt captain, Ahmed Hassan, who refuted the declare.
â€œOfficials of the committee which meets each 5 years and at the moment manages the Soccer Affiliation had been stunned that the trophy was not out there, in mild of their need to create a museum on the federation headquarters, which might characteristic the trophy and the nationwide teamâ€™s kits.
â€œHowever, (they) had been stunned to seek out that the Afcon trophy was misplaced, and determined to open an investigation.
â€œThe committee looked for the trophy, however then an worker instructed them that Ahmed Hassan, the previous captain of the Egyptian nationwide workforce, who gained the cup 3 times in a row, has stored it,â€ Shobir mentioned.
After studying of the trophyâ€™s disappearance, Hassan took to social media to specific his dismay on the loss.
â€œI want I had stored the cup in my home as an alternative of it being misplaced and I’m stunned that Iâ€™m being questioned concerning the cup after 9 years, regardless of the presence of two FA boards, and the five-year committee for a yr and two monthsâ€¦however theyâ€™re solely now on the lookout for the cup,â€ he posted on his Twitter deal with.
â€œThe EFA began on the lookout for some trophies with the intention of placing them in a notable museum contained in the EFA.
â€œHowever, the EFA was stunned to seek out that the AFCON trophy was misplaced and determined to open an investigation.
â€œThey had been knowledgeable by an worker contained in the affiliation that it was final held by former Egypt captain Ahmed Hassan.
â€œHassan nonetheless, denied the claims stating that he stored the trophy at dwelling after profitable the Africa Cup of Nations title in 2010 however returned it again to the Egyptian Soccer Affiliation in 2011.
“Because it stands no person is aware of the place the trophy is on the time being,â€ he mentioned.