Ibini playing for Central Coast Mariners Youth in 2010
|Full name||Bernie Alpha Ibini-Isei|
|Date of birth||12 September 1992|
|Place of birth||Port Harcourt, Nigeria|
|Height||1.87 m (6 ft 1 1⁄2 in)|
|2009–2011||Central Coast Mariners|
|2010–2013||Central Coast Mariners||61||(15)|
|2010||→ Blacktown City (loan)||12||(1)|
|2014||→ Central Coast Mariners (loan)||16||(6)|
|2014–||→ Sydney FC (loan)||26||(7)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:12, 26 April 2015 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Bernie Ibini-Isei (born 12 September 1992), also known simply as Bernie Ibini, is an Australian association football player who plays as a forward for Sydney FC in the A-League, on loan from Shanghai Dongya.
Bernie Ibini-Isei immigrated to Australia from Nigeria when he was a child, and grew up in Sydney's western suburbs. His passion for football was obvious from a very young age, and at the age of 6 years old he was registered to play for his local club Earlwood Wanderers.
Ibini started playing football for New South Wales Premier League club Blacktown City at youth level. He was immediately recognised as a player with immense potential and was selected to join Westfield's Sports High School.
Central Coast Mariners
In 2009 he was signed by the Central Coast Mariners to join their youth team in the A League competition. In 2009 he received the Golden Boot Award in the National Youth League and was quickly promoted to the senior team, where he made his debut on 12 February 2010, in their round 27 clash against Wellington Phoenix at Westpac Stadium in Wellington. Ibini-Isei made his starting debut for the Mariners against the Gold Coast and scored in a 3–1 win. After just his third start for the Central Coast Mariners Ibini-Isei scored the second goal for the Central Coast Mariners against Perth Glory. His speed and skill quickly gained the attention of the Australian under 20 National Team coach to play a key role in the U20 World Cup.
His consistent development and performances earned Bernie a two-year contract extension with the club, and on 1 February 2012 it was announced that he had signed a two-year contract extension with Central Coast Mariners.
Shanghai East Asia
On 4 June 2013, after his superb performances in the 2012/2013 Asian Champions League round of 16 clash against Guangzhou Evergrande, Central Coast Mariners received a record bid for Ibini from Shanghai East Asia FC who were keen to add to their squad list for the Chinese Super League. Three days later his move to newly promoted Chinese Super League side Shanghai East Asia, was complete with Ibini signing a three-year contract. This move made Ibini one of the most expensive under 21 players 21 in Asia. Bernie made an immediate impact in the Chinese Super League with his speed and skill playing as a wide striker. However in November 2013, due to the unexpected tragic death of his father Ibini gained permission to return to the Australian A League, and previous club Central Coast Mariners on compassionate grounds. The loan move took effect on 8 January 2014 and was until 31 May 2014 after which he was then to return to Shanghai.
Ibini made his debut in round 1 of the A League season against Melbourne city. Ibini scored his first goal in the Sydney Derby in a 1 all draw. In the last 3 rounds of the A league season Ibini scored 3 goals a contender for goal of the season against Perth Glory, a lovely lob over the goalkeeper against Newcastle United and an amazing solo goal against Wellington Phoenix.
- As of match played 26 March 2014.
|Central Coast Mariners||2009–10||A-League||1||0||0||-||-||-||-||-||-||1||0||0|
|Shanghai East Asia||2013||Chinese Super League||10||0||0||1||0||0||-||-||-||11||0||0|