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According to the veteran Ahly star, the African champions remain confident they can topple group leaders Algeria and qualify for next year's World Cup...

Egypt are six points behind Algeria in the race for a place at the 2010 World Cup, but their skipper, Ahmed Hassan, has said the team are confident they can go on to topple their fierce regional rivals for a berth at South Africa 2010.

Earlier this month, Egypt fell to Algeria 3-1 in Blida after they were held to a 1-1 draw in Cairo by Zambia in March.

However, Hassan has expressed confidence Egypt are capable of winning their remaining four matches to qualify for the World Cup.

"We can beat Rwanda home and away, and I think we have what it takes to win against Zambia and Algeria," the Egypt captain told Egyptian television station Al-Hayat.

"Our team is eager to reach this World Cup because it’s a final chance for a number of players to appear at such a top competition."

The Egyptians host Rwanda on July 5 in continuation of their World Cup qualifying campaign after the tie was rescheduled to allow them feature at the FIFA Confederations Cup in South Africa.

"The fans have been supporting us and that's what we hope to see at Cairo Stadium for the Rwanda game," said the 33-year-old midfielder.

"But they also should be with us throughout the 90 minutes. We know we must score, but we don’t want to be in a hurry."

Algeria lead Group 3 with seven points, while Zambia are second on four points.

Rwanda are third with a point, edging Egypt into last.

Samm Audu,