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Manisha Kalyan becomes first Indian to play in UEFA Women's Champions League

Source: PTI
August 19, 2022 13:25 IST
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The AIFF Woman Footballer of the Year for the 2021-22 season, Manisha Kalyan became the first Indian to score a goal in the AFC Women’s Club Championship.

IMAGE: The AIFF Woman Footballer of the Year for the 2021-22 season, Manisha Kalyan became the first Indian to score a goal in the AFC Women’s Club Championship. Photograph: AFC Cup/Twitter

Young striker Manisha Kalyan became the first Indian footballer to play at the UEFA Women's Champions League when she made 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.

The 20-year-old was the fourth Indian woman footballer to sign for an overseas club when she landed a multi-year contract with Cypriot top division winners Apollon Ladies.

Kalyan had produced impressive performances for the national team and Gokulam Kerala in the Indian Women's League (IWL).

The AIFF Woman Footballer of the Year for the 2021-22 season, Kalyan became the first Indian to score a goal in the AFC Women’s Club Championship. 

Kalyan subsequently 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.

 

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