The People's Elephants were defeated 1-0 by FC IfeanyiUbah in their last league fixture, thereby pushing them down to the seventh spot in the log.
And the former Heartland defender says the urge to get back into the contention for a continental spot will motivate them to defeat their Makurdi counterparts at the U.J Esuene Stadium on Wednesday.
"Lobi Stars are coming to Calabar at the wrong time," Ogbonnaya told Goal.
“The urge to return to the top three should keep us motivated throughout the tie.
"The league season is gradually waning and we must do what we ought to do to return to the continent. We must do something about our away outings but firstly we must settle the home tie with Lobi Stars," he concluded.