Sport: PNG Football says local coaches not forgotten

12:02 pm on 16 March 2015

The Papua New Guinea Football Association says local coaches have not been forgotten despite an influx of high profile foreign appointments.

Former New Zealand men's coach Ricki Herbert has taken charge of the PNG Under 23 squad, with a remit to win gold at the Pacific Games in July.

Australian Gary Phillips is in charge of the women's national team, while Frank Farina and Wynton Rufer have also been employed by PNG Football in recent years.

PNG Football Technical Director, Taku Niebo, says they've been lucky to attract such high quality coaches, which he believes will benefit locals in the long run.

"We are in the next stage of our development and with the high profile coaches on board most of the local coaches are working together with them and learning as much as possible to develop their skills and in the next few years you will be seeing local coaches taking over the responsibility of coaching the national teams".