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Princess Ibini named in Australia squad for Tournament of Nations

Princess Ibini named in Australia squad for Tournament of Nations
From ESPN - July 16, 2017

Uncapped teenager Princess Ibini has bolted into a strong Matildas squad for the four-country women's football Tournament of Nations in the United States.

The younger sister of former Sydney FC player Bernie Ibini was named in coach Alen Stajcic's 21-strong Australian line-up as reward for her recent impressive attacking form for the Young Matildas against Canada and the U.S. in Canberra.

"We have always known she's got a lot of potential but she really stepped up in the games against Canada and America last week, so it's a great sign she's been able to progress to senior international football," Stajcic said.

Ibini joins teenage defensive prodigy Ellie Carpenter as the two players in the squad born this millennium.

The pair will be led by established overseas-based stars Sam Kerr, Katrina Gorry, Alanna Kennedy, Caitlin Foord, Elise Kellond-Knight and Steph Catley when world No.7 Australia face the US, Brazil and Japan at the tournament.

Kerr in particular has been in scintillating form for US club Sky Blue FC, recently named the National Women's Soccer League player of the week for the second time this season after netting a hat trick.

The 23-year-old Perth native also scored a spectacular bicycle kick last month and currently sits as the league's top-scorer with 10 goals.

"Sam's exploits over in the NWSL this season are a great confidence-booster for the team," Stajcic said.

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