The Egyptian Football Federation has confirmed that the Africa Cup of Nations trophy has been misplaced.
The Africa Cup of Nations trophy was completely retained by Egypt after they received the title 3 times in a row.
However, Ex-Egyptian Football Association vice-president Ahmed Shobeir earlier revealed that the trophy was found lacking throughout preparations to construct a museum to deal with the entire silverware received by the North African nation.
Shobeir, on the ‘On Time Sports’ TV present, mentioned: “Officials of the committee which meets each 5 years and at present manages the Football Association have been stunned that the trophy was not out there, in gentle of their want to create a museum on the federation headquarters, which might characteristic the trophy and the nationwide workforce’s kits.
“However, [they] have been stunned to search out that the Afcon trophy was misplaced, and determined to open an investigation.”
It was initially claimed that former captain Ahmed Hassan – who skippered the workforce to success on the biennial event in 2006, 2008, and 2010 – was in possession of the trophy, though he subsequently denied the declare.
“The committee searched for the trophy, but then an employee told them that Ahmed Hassan, the former captain of the Egyptian national team, who won the cup three times in a row, has kept it,” Shobeir added.
Later, ex-Egypt midfielder Abdelghani clarified in a press convention that the trophy had been misplaced in a fireplace seven years in the past.
He mentioned: “After the burning of the Football Association headquarters, some cups have been misplaced, and the matter was investigated together with the Africa Cup of Nations that we retained.
“Some mentioned that the cup had been with Shawky Gharib, the previous normal coach of the Egypt nationwide workforce, and a few say it had been with Hassan, the previous captain of the Pharaohs.”
Reacting to the trophy’s disappearance, Hassan took to social media to state his place on the matter.
“I wish I had kept the cup in my house instead of it being lost,” he posted on his @AhmedHassan Twitter deal with, “and I’m stunned that I’m being questioned in regards to the cup after 9 years, regardless of the presence of two FA boards, and the five-year committee for a yr and two months…however they’re solely now on the lookout for the cup!
“One of the members of the five-year committee contacted me and advised me that they’d put an image of me with the African Nations Cup on the wall contained in the federation,” Hassan continued, “and he requested me in regards to the cup.
“I advised him that I had delivered it again in 2011, and he mentioned to me: ‘I wish you had not handed it over, as the cup is not at the association now.’”