Former international football referee Mohamed Kouradji has passed on after contracting the novel COVID-19.

Kouradji, one of the Algerian “knights of the whistle” for more than two decades died on Thursday, July 9, in Constantine at the age of 68.

He notably officiated in the final phase of the African Cup of Nations, organized in South Africa in 1996 [won by the Bafana Bafana] and also led several meetings in the various African club and selection competitions.

In Algeria, Kouradji officiated several important games, including the 1995-1996 Algeria Cup final which saw MC Oran win against USM Blida with a score of one goal to zero.

Much appreciated by the football world in Constantine in particular, since it comes under the Regional League of this wilaya of the East of the country, the deceased Mohamed Kouradji refereed his last official match in 1998, thus ending a rich career started 24 years earlier.