- Egypt won three consecutive AFCON titles between 2006 and 2010
- They Pharaohs had the opportunity to preserve one for themselves in 2010
- Reports from Cairo have it that the prestigious silverware has disappeared mysteriously
The Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) trophy is reportedly missing at the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) headquarters in Cairo according to the country’s football body’s ex-vice president Ahmed Shobier.
A stunning statement coming from Cairo has it that the prestigious silverware has mysteriously disappeared.
The Pharaohs of Egypt achieved unprecedented success in the competition between 2006 and 2010 winning three consecutive AFCON titles.
As a result, they had the opportunity to keep one of the precious items for themselves.
"The EFA started looking for some trophies as they aim to put them in a notable museum inside the EFA," Shobier said to 'On Time Sports' TV show.
"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."
Egypt remains the most successful national team in the history of Africa Cup of Nations, having won the tournament seven times.
However, the 2021 edition was postponed a year further by the continental football body in a bid to curb the spread of the pandemic.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that Super Eagles will face-off with former African champions Cote D’Ivoire on October 9 and then Tunisia four days later, October 13, the Nigeria Football Federation president Amaju Pinnick has confirmed.
Both games are scheduled to take place in Austria with the Nigeria football house citing concerns as regards the pandemic as the world continues to battle the dreaded coronavirus.
Pinnick, in a series of tweets, explained that with the bulk of the stars that make up the current Nigerian national team plying their trade in Europe, Austria was considered as an ideal venue.
The friendlies against the Elephants as well as the Carthage Eagles will serve as preparatory games ahead of the crunch 2022 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Sierra Leone in November.
Nigeria who are three-time African champions will, in November, continue their quest to qualifying for the tournament when they face Sierra Leone in a double-header.
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