Ghana’s four Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) trophies are missing, according to reports. The Black Stars haven’t won a major trophy in the last 40 years, despite winning African titles in 1963, 1965, 1978, and 1982.
Teams that win the AFCON are given a permanent replica of the trophy and are given two years to keep the original trophy before returning it to the CAF between tournaments. Teams can keep the original trophy if they win it three times, which only Ghana, Cameroon, and Egypt have done so far.
The replica AFCON trophies awarded to Ghana by CAF, according to Saddick Adams, a sports journalist for Angel FM, are unable to be found, blaming Ghana’s poor record of keeping antiquities.
Saddick Adams, the current Sports Writer’s Association of Ghana (SWAG) sports journalist of the year, claimed he tried to track down the trophies before to the 2019 AFCON but was told they were missing.
“You know that when you win the trophy, CAF gives you a replica, but when you win it for keeps (3 times), you receive the golden one,” he added on his show.
“I questioned about the four trophies we’ve won before the 2019 AFCON and was told that we lost them during the Coup when the National Sports Council Office was looted.”
Meanwhile, three years ago, the Ministry of Youth and Sports said that it had found the AFCON trophy that Ghana had won for the first time in 1978.
“The Cup known as the ‘Abdelaziz Abdallah Salem Trophy will be among the many trophies that are scheduled to be shown in the National Sports Museum when it is constructed as part of the 2023 African Games in Ghana,” the Ministry stated in a statement.
Egypt’s original AFCON trophy, which they protected after winning the tournament three times in 2006, 2008, and 2010, was also lost in 2020 at the Egyptian Football Association’s (EFA) headquarters in Cairo.