The most coveted trophy in African football, the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) trophy, has mysteriously disappeared.
The trophy was reportedly stolen from the Egyptian Football Association headquarters in Cairo.
The Egyptian Football Federation confirmed to local media that the trophy won by the Pharaohs three times in a row has disappeared.
The Egyptian national team achieved success between 2006 and 2010 when they lifted the AFCON title three times, thus affording the opportunity to claim the floating trophy permanently.
But the trophy, achieved under the guidance of coach Hassan Shehata, has been stolen a decade on.
According to local reports, the former Egyptian Football Association, Vice President, Ahmed Shobir, said the trophy was discovered missing during preparations to build a museum to house all the silverware won by the North African nation.
Shobir noted that they were informed by an employee inside the association that it was last held by former Egypt captain, Ahmed Hassan, who refuted the claim.
He said:“Officials of the committee which meets every five years and currently manages the Football Association were surprised that the trophy was not available, in light of their desire to create a museum at the federation headquarters, which would feature the trophy and the national team’s kits.
“However, (they) were surprised to find that the Afcon trophy was lost, and decided to open an investigation.
“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,” Shobir said.