It's been a special African Games for Morocco ©WKF

Morocco confirmed its status as the major karate powerhouse in Africa after topping the sport's medal table at the 2019 African Games in Rabat. 

The host nation claimed a total of 15 medals, including nine golds, across three days of competition at the Moulay Abdellah Sports Complex.

Sanae Agalmam won the first title for Morocco after prevailing in the women's kata event.

The promising Rabat-native beat Egypt's Sarah Sayed in the final.

There was also victory for Morocco in the men's kata final, with Mohammed El Hanni defeating Egypt's Ahmed Shawky.

The strong performance of home karatekas continued in the kumite categories, with success for Aicha Sayah in the women’s under-50 kilograms ahead of favourite Radwa Sayed of Egypt.

There were also kumite triumphs for Morocco through Abderrahmane Eddaqaq in the men's under-67kg, Nisrine Brouk in the women's under-68kg and Achraf Ouchen, the 2016 world silver medallist, in the men's over-84kg.

Eddaqaq overcame Algeria's Faical Bouakal in his final, while Brouk and Ouchen secured gold by registering wins over Egypt's Feryal Abdelaziz and Algeria's Hocine Daikhi, respectively.

Brouk had only one appearance in major international events before the African Games, but saw off favourite Lamya Matoub of Algeria in the semi-finals before upsetting Abdelaziz.

Morocco completed a fantastic performance on home soil by clinching the men's and women's team kata titles and women's team kumite crown.

Morocco's Abdessalam Ameknassi, a 2018 world bronze medallist, had to settle for second place in the men's kumite under-60kg ©Getty Images
Morocco's Abdessalam Ameknassi, a 2018 world bronze medallist, had to settle for second place in the men's kumite under-60kg ©Getty Images

Powerhouses Egypt finished the tournament with two gold medals and in second position on the final medal table. 

Yassmin Attia, a bronze medallist at last month's African Karate Federation (UFAK) Senior Championships in Botswana's capital Gaborone, avenged the losses suffered by team mates in other categories and defeated Morocco's Khawla Ouhammad in the women's kumite under-55kg final. 

The second gold medal for the Egyptian delegation was taken by Malek Salama, the UFAK Senior Championships silver medallist, in the men's kumite under-60kg after he shocked Morocco's Abdessalam Ameknassi, a 2018 world bronze medallist, in the final.

Algeria also had reasons to celebrate, with two golds. 

Chaima Midi became the new African Games champion in the women's kumite under-61kg category at the expense of Tunisia's Boutheina Hasnaoui.

The second title for the Algerians came in the men's team kumite event.

Tunisia's Chahnez Jami took the spotlight on the last day of competition, as she added the women's kumite over-68kg crown in the African Games to that in the UFAK Senior Championships, overcoming Egypt's Menna Shaaban Okila. 

It was not the only gold medal for Tunisia, with Thameur Slimani winning the men's kumite under-84kg crown to the disappointment of Morocco's Nabil Ech-Chaabi. 

The list of new African Games champions was completed by Cameroon's Etienne Martial Nonagni Bayomog, who claimed the men's kumite under-75kg title after defeating Egyptian Abdalla Mamduh Abdelaziz.

Congo, Botswana and Senegal made up the rest of the top eight in the medal standings, while Benin, Burkina Faso, Gabon and Nigeria shared ninth place.