AFCON trophy ‘taken’ in Egypt|News Ghana
The Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) trophy has supposedly been stolen from the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) headquarters in Cairo.
The nation’s football body broke the news in a declaration on Friday.
The EFA stated the prize the Pharaohs retained completely after winning 3 successive AFCON titles– in 2006, 2008 and 2010 respectively– is missing.
It was discovered that the prize was missing throughout preparations to build a museum to house all of the flatware won by the North African country.
” As the Egyptian Football Association prepares to establish its headquarters, consisting of transforming the entrance into a little museum for Egyptian football, the federation’s management was shocked that there were a variety of lost trophies in the federation’s storage room,” the statement checked out.
” These prizes were expected to be utilized in the development process. An investigation is underway to confirm whether these old trophies endured the fire and looting of the EFA’s headquarters in 2013 when they were attacked by Ultras groups, or if they were amongst the losses that resulted from the damage inflicted on the building in this occurrence.”
On the other hand, Abdelghani, former Egyptian midfielder, has declared that the prize had been lost in a fire seven years back.
” After the burning of the Football Association headquarters, some cups were lost, and the matter was examined, consisting of the Africa Cup of Nations that we retained,” stated the previous FA member during a press conference.
” Some said that the cup had been with Shawky Gharib, the former general coach of the Egypt nationwide group, and some state it had been with Hassan, the former captain of the Pharaohs.”