The former Warri Wolves coach has told the national team to get early goals in the game against Liberia
The two teams will take to the pitch in the second leg after the 2-2 draw in Monrovia in the first leg. Akpokona told Goal.com that it will be good for the players to find something to destabilised Lone Stars.
"Two early goals will greatly hamper the chances of the Lone Stars to cause an upset," said Akpokona.
"The Liberians have said so much and made so much noise. So they need to be silenced. They should not be given any chance to gain confidence in the game and think of doing anything worthwhile.
"The Super Eagles should also do well not to be under pressure by getting the early goals that will cool their nerves all through the match.
"No matter what the Liberians throw at them, they should be calm. The Lone Stars would want to disorgainsed them by wasting time and doing other things to frustrate their efforts.
"The Super Eagles should not panic even when the goals don't come when they want it.
"The 2-2 draw in Monrovia should give them the confidence that the second leg is theirs.
"I am confident that they will beat Liberia and qualify for the African Cup of Nations in South Africa next year," said Akpokona.