FORMER national coach Kwok Ka-ming has called for a reduction in the number of foreign professionals in the Hong Kong League, saying it is hampering the development of local players. Kwok, head soccer coach at the Hong Kong Sports Institute, said the current quota of eight overseas players per club meant that locally-bred players were not being given a chance to make the grade at the top level. He feels the Hong Kong Football Association should limit the quota to three foreign players for each of the 10 First Division clubs. 'We have a lot of young players coming through at the Institute, but the question is whether or not they will be given a chance to make it to the senior grade,' said Kwok, who retired as national coach in 1989. 'Clubs say that there are not enough local players around so they have to look abroad. But the more overseas players in Hong Kong, the less chances for local players. 'It's almost as if the clubs are waiting for these players to be born. They are here already and should be given the chance.' Kwok feels that the presence of foreign players in Hong Kong is important as it would help to raise the general standards, but not at the cost of neglecting local stars. Clubs are permitted to have eight foreign players on their books, although only five are allowed to be fielded in a match. Foreign players returned to the Hong Kong scene for the start of the 1989 season after the FA lifted a three-year ban on overseas professionals. Kwok expects the Institute to continue their development programme when the post-Asian Games review is completed this week. Institute director Dr Dennis Whitby will soon announce which sports will continue to receive support leading up to the 1998 Asian Games in Bangkok. Kwok said: 'I don't think the programme will change. A lot will depend on funding and we are waiting to hear from the Sports Development Board as to what we will be getting.'