BROMSGROVE teenager Reece Wabara has been selected as part of an 18-man squad of under-17s English Premier League academy players to play in the Football Friends 2008 international tournament in Bosnia.

Wabara, who recently signed professional terms with Manchester City, joined up with the squad yesterday and flys out to play in the tournament today.

The tournament in Foca, Bosnia, starts on Friday and takes place over three days.

The Premier Academy League Representative squad, which includes players from eight Premier League clubs, will compete against seven other under-17s sides in the charity event.

Other teams involved are Greece, Poland and the Former Yugoslav Republics.

The first Football Friends tournament took place in May 2005 as part of the UN's Year of Sport for Development and Peace' in the Balklands region, and a tournament has taken place every year since.

In an area so badly affected by war in the 1990s, the football tournament aims to reintroduce the values of fair play, tolerance, humanity and friendship amongst young people in the region.