Ghana would phase out the use of foreign coaches for the national teams following plans by the Ghana Football Association (GFA) to concentrate on the development of indigenous ones.

According to the FA president, Kwesi Nyantakyi, a comprehensive plan laid in 2006 makes provision for the training of local coaches to take over all the national teams.

Mr Nyantakyi disclosed this when the Ministry of Youth and Sports took its turn at the meet-the-press session last Thursday, stating that when the plans were completely rolled out, foreign coaches could be aliens to the national teams.

Though he did not state when the plan was expected to take effect, he observed that most of the local coaches lacked the technical competence now to handle the national teams.

He disclosed that as a result they have trained most coaches towards the award of degrees, as well as licences A and B, to enhance their skills for future take-over.

Mr Nyantakyi said 10 coaches had already been sponsored to study abroad ,while plans were advanced to send some local coaches for attachment with some foreign clubs next season to broaden their horizon.

The FA president asserted that the attachment would equip them with the requisite skills on their return to come and support the country, while insisting that women coaches were key part of the plans.

He also blamed the Ghanaian media for the apathy in the local league rather than the declining standards of the league. He said on the contrary the standard of the local league had gone up, comparing the $3 million sponsorship the league enjoys now as against the paltry sum in the past.

Mr Nyantakyi attributed it to the massive publicity for the foreign leagues in the country and the intense agenda the media set for foreign leagues.

He was devastated by this unhealthy trend and suggested that more corporate bodies are encouraged to support the development of sports in the country.