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Who has become the 1st Indian footballer to play at the UEFA Women's Champions League 2022-2023?
Grace Dangmei
Aditi Chauhan
Manisha Kalyan
Dalima Chhibber

Correct Answer : Option (C) - Manisha Kalyan

Manisha Kalyan became the first Indian footballer to feature in a UEFA Women's Champions League match as she made her debut for top-tier Cypriot club Apollon Ladies FC on Thursday(18th Aug 2022).
Manisha Kalyan took the field in the 60th minute at the Makareio Stadium in Engomi, Cyprus, for Apollon Ladies FC against Latvia’s SFK Riga in the UEFA Women's Champions League 2022-23 qualifying round. The 20-year-old Manisha came on as a substitute for Cyprus international Marilena Georgiou.
Though Manisha Kalyan did not get on the scoresheet, Apollon Ladies FC went on to win the all-important game 3-0. They will play Swiss club FC Zurich in the next round.
Manisha Kalyan, who was named the AIFF Women’s Footballer of the Year for 2021-22, is fast becoming one of India’s top women’s football players.
The Punjab-born striker made her international debut at the age of 17 against Hong Kong in January 2019. The young striker shot to fame after scoring a goal against Brazil in November 2021. India went on to lose the match 6-1 but Manisha Kalyan caught the attention of the international clubs after an impressive performance.
Manisha Kalyan represented Gokulam Kerala in the Indian Women’s League (IWL) for three seasons before parting ways earlier this year. She helped the Malabarians win the title twice, in 2019-20 and 2021-22, during her stay there.
The youngster signed a multi-year contract with Apollon Ladies FC in July this year, making her one of the few Indian women footballers alongside the likes of Bala Devi, Aditi Chauhan and Ashalata Devi to be recruited by a foreign club..

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Published On : August 20, 2022
Category : Sports