Flamengo have named Caio Junior as the successor to Joel Santana, who is leaving Brazil's most popular club to take charge of South Africa.

"I'm very happy and I'm flattered at the confidence which has been shown in my potential," Caio Junior told the Sportv cable channel. "For me, this is like taking charge of the Brazilian national side, because Flamengo is very big and the pressure of the supporters is immense."

Caio Junior will leave Goias, where he has been coach since the end of last year, to take up his new job. He arrives with Flamengo in the knockout stages of the South American Copa Libertadores.

Santana will take charge of his last game on Wednesday when Flamengo face Mexico's America at home in the second leg of their Libertadores third-round tie. Flamengo have a 4-2 lead from the first leg.

Santana celebrated another title on Sunday when Flamengo won the season-opening Carioca championship, beating Botafogo 3-1 in the second leg of the final. Santana, 60, will replace compatriot Carlos Alberto Parreira in South Africa, where he has a contract through to the 2010 FIFA World Cup.