The Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) trophy has reportedly been stolen from the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) headquarters in Cairo, reports Kicker.

The Egyptian National team earned the rights to keep the trophy permanently after winning it three times between 2006 to 2010.

It has now been reported that the much coveted silverware has been stolen.

Former EFA vice-president Ahmed Shobier said that the trophy which was won under coach Hassan Shehata mysteriously disappeared and investigations have been opened.

“The EFA started looking for some trophies as they aim to put them in a notable museum inside the EFA,” Shobier said.

“However, the EFA was surprised to find that the AFCON trophy was lost and decided to open an investigation.

“They were informed by an employee inside the association that it was held by former Egypt captain Ahmed Hassan who refuted this claim. Nobody knows where is the trophy at the time being.”