Ibini Named As January Nominee

Football Federation Australia (FFA) and NAB, together with Sydney FC are proud to announce Princess Ibini as the January nominee for the Westfield W-League NAB Young Footballer of the Year 2015/16 Award.

Ibini’s nomination caps off her stellar inaugural season in the Westfield W-League that will see here line-up in the Westfield W-League 2016 Grand Final tomorrow against Melbourne City FC

Ibini was extremely excited to learn of her nomination.

“I was really shocked to get nominated,” she said.

“Being my first season in the Westfield W-League I wasn’t expecting anything like this but I’m really honoured to be nominated for such a fantastic award.”

Ibini is the fourth and final player to be nominated for the Westfield W-League NAB Young Footballer of the Year 2015/16 Award, her nomination following that of Melbourne City FC’s Larissa Crummer (October nominee), Brisbane Roar’s Angela Beard (November nominee) and Sydney FC’s Amy Harrison (December nominee).

The Westfield W-League NAB Young Footballer of the Year 2015/16 will be announced at the Hyundai A-League and Westfield W-League 2015/16 Awards Night on Tuesday 26 April 2016.

Paul Juergens, Chair of the NSW/ACT State Leadership Council & NSW Retail GM said he is delighted to see the NAB Young Footballer of the Year Award unearth the stars of tomorrow.

“We congratulate Princess on her nomination and look forward to watching her development and growth on the football field in the years to come,” Mr Juergens said.

“We are also pleased to recognise Earlwood Wanderers in Sydney as Princess’ nominated junior club, and hope that our support will help the club continue to develop the game at a grassroots level."

NAB has generously donated a $1,500 equipment pack and $1,000 in a NAB Community Saver Account to Ibini’s chosen club.

The overall winner of the Westfield W-League NAB Young Footballer of the Year 2015/16 Award will receive a $10,000 personal investment portfolio, along with a NAB Private Client Manager to assist with a range of banking and financial services.

“As a supporter of the NAB Young Footballer of the Year Award, we are proud to play an important role in identifying and rewarding the future stars of the game. Who knows, we may even see some of the nominees donning the boots for the Westfield Matildas in the future,” Mr Juergens continued.   

Each month representatives from the FFA Technical department vote on a 3-2-1 basis for the most outstanding U-19 players in the Westfield W-League during that period.