The visually Egyptian Premier League champions Ahly were held another below-par display to allow bottom side Sharqeya to snatch a surprise 1-1 draw on Wednesday.
The sudden stumble comes a few days after Ahly made a disappointing start to their African Champions League group-stage campaign، failing to break down Zambia's Zanaco in a 0-0 home draw last Saturday.
Ahly defender Saad Samir gave Ahly the lead against Sharqeya on the stroke of halftime after heading home a corner from Abdallah El-Said.
However، Ahly failed to kill off the match and were punished with nine minutes remaining when substitute Fady Farid headed into the bottom corner following an angled free kick.
The draw will do coach Hossam El-Badry no favours after he was heavily criticised by Ahly's faithful for saying he had received two offers from unnamed clubs in the United Arab Emirates and North Africa.
Despite the latest draw، Ahly are unlikely to face a serious challenge from Maqassa for the title، which they are hoping to win for the ninth time in 10 seasons.
The Red Devils are on top with 75 points from 29 games، 12 clear of Maqassa who have a match in hand and face Ittihad of Alexandria on Monday. Ahly and Maqassa to meet at the end of the month.