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Egypt shocks over missing AFCON trophies

The Egyptian Football Association expressed “shocked” to find that the several trophies including African Cup of Nations were missing at the moment.

The disappearance came to light during the process of setting up a small museum at the entrance of its Cairo headquarters.

Former board member of Egypt FA, Magdi Abdel-Ghani initially claimed the trophy was with a former captain or former coach, but later suggested it was lost in an attack on the headquarters by fans in 2013.

The Egypt FA said in a statement that the trophies may have gone missing during the 2013 attack.

A group of fans known as “ultras” torched the Egypt FA headquarters that year as they protested court verdicts related to a riot in 2012 in which more than 70 fans were killed.

The Confederation of African Football said it was shocked by the loss of the trophies and offered its support in “the search for the priceless memorabilia.”

The Pharaohs are the most successful team in the African tournament, winning seven titles throughout the history.

Local authorities and The Youth and Sports Ministry has launched an investigation into the matter.