Morocco won six golds on day one of the African Sambo Championships ©FIAS

Morocco were the big winners on the opening day of the African Sambo Championships in Egyptian capital Cairo, winning six titles.

Wissal Ziane of Morocco claimed the first gold medal of the African Championships with a victory over Hanaa Walid Negm of Egypt in the women's under-59-kilogram final, pulling off a shoulder roll to take control of the bout.

Welvina Antonia Vemba of Angola claimed bronze.

In the men's under-58kg final, Morocco's Yasser Bouhessoune pinned Ibrahim Abdelhamid Zaghlol of Egypt for the gold medal.

A third gold medal in a row was won for Morocco when Bouchaib Leghfiri beat Guinea's Moussa Keita in the combat sambo men's under-64kg final.

Bronze went to home athlete Anwer Abdallah Ei Suhaily.

In the first final of the night not to feature a Moroccan - the women's under-72kg - Edwige Feugang Kuetche of Cameroon locked in a single-leg crab to defeat Egypt's Menna Allan Ahmed Osman, causing her opponent to hobble off the mat after submitting to the hold.

Khaoula Ziane of Morocco was third.

Cameroon's Roger Ndongo won with two single points scored against Merdie Luyindula of the Democratic Republic of Congo, sealing the men's under-71kg title.

The Central African Republic's Djibrine Garba Ngambongo and Morocco's Abderrahim El Kars were the bronze medallists.

Badreddine Diani of Morocco won the combat under-79kg title by holding down opponent Ayman Galar Fathy of Egypt for the required 20 seconds to give Morocco a fourth gold of the night.

Seydouba Camara of Guinea was third.

Morocco's Houcine El Chakiri nearly ended the men's under-88kg final within a minute, falling narrowly short of the 20-second hold down of Angola's Henrique Joao.

Joao remarkably came from four points down to take the lead, but El Chakiri equalised in the dying moments and was given the gold by decision, much to the disagreement of the Angolan.

Tonny Aroka Bahati of DR Congo and Hassan Said Hendy of Egypt were the bronze medallists.

Seidou Nji Mouluh of Cameroon won the gold medal in the combat under-98kg, slamming Burkina Faso's Israel Phinees Mano for an expected win.

Mohamed Ashraf Mohamed Ali of Egypt was the bronze medallist.

Finally, Brahim Mouhyi made it a sixth gold medal for Morocco on the night in the men's over-98kg, easing to victory over Cameroon's Oscar Asso'o Emane Yetnou Benoit.

Egypt's last medal of the night was a bronze in this category, won by Mostafa Ali Gaber.