Egypt's Masry might be stuttering in the domestic league but they will be looking to continue their fine run in the African Confederation Cup and qualify for the last eight when they face Mozambique's UD Songo away from home on Sunday.
A win for Masry would be enough to lift them to the knockout phase with one match to spare in Group B, which they lead with eight points from four games, one ahead of second-placed Renaissance de Berkane of Morocco.
Should Masry defeat Songo, who are bottom with two points, they will gain an unassailable lead over Al-Hilal (three points) before hosting the Sudanese giants in their last group game.
Masry, who finished third in the league last season, managed to only collect three points from their opening four league matches, with defensive frailties and poor goalkeeping costing them dearly.
But coach Hossam Hassan, Egypt's all-time leading scorer, is confident his side can arrest that slump in form with another win in the Confederation Cup, Africa's secondary club competition.
"Our coach is always capable of helping us pick ourselves up. We are ready to win and qualify for the quarter final," skipper Amr Moussa told a news conference.
Masry defeated Songo 2-0 in Port Said in their opening group-stage game in May, thanks a double from striker Ahmed Gomaa.
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