On Sunday, the Croats are playing in their first World Cup final but must upset the 1998 champions pick the title and the tactician believes it is doable, assessing their incredible journey to the final.
“Croatia is one of the most tactically sound teams in the tournament which any team should be worried about,” Amapakabo told Goal.
“They have the best midfield at the World Cup. Though many thought we were trying to make excuse for our loss to them, I must admit we lost to a very sound team. The goals never came through open play but from set pieces.
“When they got to the final, I predicted that they could achieve it and as a footballing person - they have a very sound team overall. Modric who should be the superstar in the team is always humble and it is rubbing off on the rest of his mates.
“They look to have played together and been together for a quite a long time and it is something we should learn. We should be looking forward to an exciting final between a French side and a Croatian team.”
On whether France can cope against Zlatko Dalić’s men, Amapakabo feels the African connections in the Didier Deschamps’ side will be a huge plus, but however, urged them to be respectful.
“For any team to have reached the finals, you must pay them their due respect. Looking at Croatia, they've survived a three extra time in the knockout phase. When they push you to such stage of play, they could break you,” he continued.
“I think the French team is aware of that and I respect their strength and toughness because they have a lot of Africans in the team. They will be meeting a resilient Croatia side who have been riding on a luck that comes once in a lifetime. It is going to be a pretty and cagey final.”