Five obscure facts about Wednesday new-boy Elias Kachunga - who once vowed revenge on Jos Luhukay
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Five obscure facts about Wednesday new-boy Elias Kachunga - who once vowed revenge on Jos Luhukay

Sheffield Wednesday made the former Huddersfield Town forward Elias Kachunga their fourth summer signing earlier on Wednesday.

Kachunga should be familiar to those of an Owls persuasion, having been part of the Huddersfield side they faced four times in the 2016/17 season and who beat them in the play-offs that year.

But what might Wednesdayites not know about the German-born player? Here are five obscure facts…

He’s not Wednesday’s first DR Congo international

He’s actually their second, after Jacques Maghoma. But Kachunga has only played once for the country of his parentage, in a  2-1 friendly defeat against Kenya in March 2017.

He’s played more times against Wednesday (and two others) than he has any other club

Kachunga, right, celebrates with Michael Hefele and Izzy Brown at Hillsborough. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)


Five in total, the same as Newcastle United and FC Koln. His only win against the Owls came when it mattered the most – that play-off semi-final shootout success with Huddersfield.

Another of Wednesday’s recent recruits, Izzy Brown, was also involved that day, when the Hillsborough first-team coach, Andy Hughes, held the same position at Town.

His CV contains more than one promotion

As well as helping Huddersfield up that same season, Kachunga was part of the Paderborn side that reached the Bundesliga in 2014.

He made a total of 83 top-flight appearances between the two clubs, scoring seven goals and assisting two.

He doesn’t have a lot of love for Jos Luhukay

The former Wednesday boss Luhukay. (Photo by Conor Molloy/Action Plus via Getty Images)

It was Luhukay, the unpopular former Wednesday manager, who brought the German-born player to Hertha Berlin on loan.

But the Dutchman used Kachunga just twice before dropping him to the club’s amateur side.

And ahead of facing Hertha two years later, by which point Kachunga was back at Bundesliga level with Pederborn, the 28-year-old vowed revenge on Luhukay, telling BILD: “For me this is a very special game. A goal would be a great thing. For me, that would be confirmation that I was right in my self-assessment.”

Before being capped by DR Congo, Kachunga played youth-level football for Germany

His two run-outs for Die Mannschaft‘s Under-21s were the pinnacle of that period, in which he was a teammate of this season’s Champions League semi-finalists, Willi Orban and Marc-Andre ter Stegen, and eventual winner Niklas Sule.

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