Zamalek, still struggling to hit top gear this season, were held to their fourth Egyptian Premier League draw after failing to break down lowly Aswan in a 0-0 stalemate on Thursday.
The White Knights paid the price of too many coaching changes, with Mohamed Helmi the third manager to take charge of the team after only 10 games.
Zamalek gave Helmi an opening win by crushing Dakhleya 3-0 last week but their stumble against Aswan cast serious doubts over their ability to wrestle the title back from arch rivals Ahly, who won the Egyptian league for the ninth time in 10 seasons last term.
They lie sixth in the table with 22 points, 13 behind leaders Ahly who played three matches more.
Aswan are third from bottom with seven points from 14 matches.
Zamalek mounted early pressure but could not carve openings, with the final touches letting them down on several occasions.
They have also tried some long balls which Aswan's backline easily dealt with, frustrating the visitors for the entire first half.
The introduction of Nigerian forward Stanley Ohawuchi in the second half injected much-needed zeal and Zamalek were finally able to create a couple of goal-scoring opportunities.
A defence-splitting pass picked out Bassem Morsi unmarked in the area but the lone striker volleyed horribly wide with the goal at his mercy while Stanley created space for himself on the edge of the area to rattle the post with a snap low shot.
Winger Mahmoud Shikabala also went close with a curling free kick that narrowly missed the target.
Aswan could have stunned Zamalek with late breakaways, had it not been for timely interceptions from goalkeeper Ahmed El-Shennawi.
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