Joel Santana says he will replace Brazilian compatriot Carlos Alberto Parriera as coach of South Africa.
Santana’s club, Flamengo, have also confirmed the 59-year-old will take charge of the 2010 World Cup hosts.
“Joel is transferring to the South African national team after the final of the Carioca championship,” said Flamengo’s vice-president Kleber Leite.
“He (Santana) told that me that he will earn in 30 months more than he has earned in the last 30 years.
“His dream is to coach a national team at a World Cup.”
Parreira revealed he would be standing down as coach on Monday in order to spend time with his wife who is suffering from cancer.
Santana said he was unhappy to be leaving Flamengo but looking forward to the challenge.
“These things happen once in a lifetime,” he said. “Quitting here is difficult. I’m heartbroken, but I am a professional.”