Original Africa Cup of Nations trophy missing in Egypt

Niwandinda Daniel
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An investigation has been launched by the Egyptian FA (EFA) after it found that several trophies have disappeared from its headquarters in Cairo, including an original African Cup of Nations.
Egypt received the prize after winning the 2010 edition of the tournament, so claiming that particular incarnation of the trophy for a third time.
The 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.
On Friday, the EFA – whose media director confirmed the trophy’s loss to the BBC – said it had opened an investigation into the loss of the various trophies.
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.
The storming of the EFA by angry fans seven years ago during violence in Cairo is now a focal point as officials try to determine when and how the trophies were taken.
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.

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