An original African Cup of Nations trophy and several trophies have disappeared from Egypt Football Association (EFA) headquarters in Cairo.
The loss was confirmed by the EFA media director.
An investigation has been launched by the Egyptian FA (EFA) to unpack the theft
The storming of the EFA by angry fans seven years ago during violence in Cairo is one of the focal points of investigation.
The nation’s cup trophy, whose style was first used in 2002 after Cameroon were awarded the previous cup having won it three times, was given to the EFA by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) after triumphs in 2006, 2008 and 2010.
Caf regulations state that a team that wins a particular incarnation of the Africa Cup of Nations trophy three times will own it for good.
The EFA said: “As the Egyptian FA is currently developing the main headquarters, including changing the entrance to a small museum of Egyptian football, the management was shocked by the disappearance of some old trophies from the storeroom. The EFA is now investigating the trophies’ disappearance to determine if those old trophies were saved after the building was burned … or if they were lost when the building was exposed during this incident”.
After the EFA headquarters were attacked in 2013, various trophies – including the Nations Cup – were moved to a storeroom.
However, local officials only searched for them recently after the decision to renovate the EFA’s entrance so that Egypt’s multiple football cups could be displayed there.