Abdalla Abdelaziz led the way for the host nation, reaching the men's under-75kg kumite final ©Getty Images

Egyptian athletes produced a strong showing on the opening day of the Karate 1-Premier League in capital city Cairo.

Abdalla Abdelaziz led the way for the host nation, reaching the men's under-75-kilogram kumite final.

Abdelaziz beat Slovakia's Jakub Stetina, Matias Rodriguez Fuentes from Chile and Daniele de Vivo of Italy en route to the match for the gold medal.

The bronze medallist at the Lisbon Karate 1-Premier League event earlier this season will face Austria's Luca Rettenbacher in the final in Sunday (September 5).

The women's under-50kg kumite was another division where Egypt enjoyed success, and three of the four semi-finalist hail from the host nation.

Former junior world champion Reem Ahmed Salama, current junior world champion Yasmin Nasr Elgewily and Rashed Areeg - winner of the gold medal in the division when Egypt last staged a Karate 1-Premier League event in 2016 - all reached he final four.

Junna Tsukii of the Philippines, winner in Lisbon in May, completes the semi-final line-up.

In the men's under-60kg, Egypt's Malek Salama also reached the semi-finals, as did Sami Tas from Algeria and Ukrainian pair Nikita Filipov and Viktor Stefanyuk.

Meanwhile Japan's Maho Ono and the Italian Terryana D’Onofrio qualified for the women's kata final.

Other categories will take centre stage at the Cairo International Stadium tomorrow ahead of Sunday's medal bouts.