Skilful Manisha Kalyan has secured his place to become 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 was replaced by Cyprus’ Marilena Georgiou in the 60th minute at the Makareio Stadium, on thursday, as Apollon Ladies FC beat Latvian top flight club SFK Riga 3-0 in their UWCL opener.

The young 20-year-old had make an appearance  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.

She had emerged to fame last year when she successfully scored against former World Cup runners-up Brazil in their own den in the time of an international friendly.

Manisha Kalyan was lately awarded the AIFF Women’s Footballer of the Year for the 2021-22 season.

Moreover, Kalyan had shown wonderful performances for the national team and Gokulam Kerala in the Indian Women’s League (IWL).

Striker Kalyan become second player from Gokulam Kerala gets a chance to sign for an overseas club after Dangmei Grace joined Uzbek outfit FC Nasaf.

On august 21 Apollon Ladies will next play FC Zurich Frauen.


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