Manisha Kalyan Creates History! Becomes First Indian To Feature In UEFA Womens Champions League

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New Delhi: A moment of history in reckoning for Indian football as striker Manisha Kalyan becomes the first Indian to feature in one of the most iconic football tournaments around the world – UEFA Women’s Champions League. She will make her debut for Apollon Ladies FC in the European Club competition in Engomi, Cyprus. Kalyan replaced Cyprus’ Marilena Georgiou in the 60th minute at the Makareio Stadium, as Apollon Ladies FC beat Latvian top flight club SFK Riga 3-0 in their UWCL opener on Thursday.Also Read – Sunil Chhetri, Manisha Kalyan Win AIFF Footballers of the Year Award

The 20-year-old had emerged as the fourth Indian women’s international footballer to sign for an overseas club when she landed a multi-year contract with Cypriot top division winners Apollon Ladies. Also Read – FIFA Rankings: India Football Team Jump Two Places to 104

Kalyan had produced impressive performances for the national team and Gokulam Kerala in the Indian Women’s League (IWL). Also Read – Football | India Lose To Jordan 0-2 In International Friendly

She was recently awarded the AIFF Women’s Footballer of the Year for the 2021-22 season.

Kalyan had shot to fame last year when she scored against former World Cup runners-up Brazil in their own den during an international friendly.

Kalyan is the second player from Gokulam Kerala to sign for an overseas club after Dangmei Grace joined Uzbek outfit FC Nasaf.

Apollon Ladies will next play FC Zurich Frauen on August 21.

Inputs from PTI

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