Egypt's Salah and former Egypt's Abou-Treika (Photo: AP)
Chelsea's Egyptian winger Mohamed Salah revealed on Tuesday that he is missing former Pharoahs teammate Mohamed Abou-Treika.
The classy playmaker announced his retirement at the end of last year after helping Ahly win the CAF Champions League.
Salah forged an effective partnership with Abou-Treika over the past years, with both men combining on many occasions to unsettle opposing backlines.
"I miss Abou-Treika," Salah told a television programme on Tuesday.
"We spent a long time together and I miss him."
The Egyptian winger defended himself after being criticised during the last matches, saying his current role with the Pharaohs is completely different.
"I played in a different position and I play a different role," he said.
The 23-year-old added that the Pharaohs are looking to reach the next year's Africa Cup of Nations despite their tough mission in the qualifiers.
Egypt are third on their Group G with three points, four points behind joints-leaders Senegal and Tunisia.
"Our target is to reach the Africa Cup of Nations. Egypt are a great team in Africa and it will be a shame to miss the continental tournament for the third time."
The seven-time African Champions missed the last two Cup of Nation competitions and they will defend their hopes in the African qualifiers on Wednesday when they face minnows Botswana at Cairo stadium.
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